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Dallas Cop Walks Into Wrong Apartment, Kills Man Inside

The officer entered the apartment mistakenly thinking it was her own.

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A Dallas man was killed in his own home last night by a police officer who mistakenly entered his apartment thinking it was her own.

The officer, who has not been named, had just returned to her apartment complex after working a full shift, according to statement from Dallas Police. She told officers who responded to the shooting "that she entered the victim's apartment believing that it was her own," the statement says.

It's not clear how the situation escalated, but at some point the officer fired her weapon and hit the man. The victim, identified as 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean, was taken to Baylor University Medical Center and later pronounced dead. The officer was not injured.

Dallas Police are conducting a joint investigation into the shooting with the Dallas District Attorney's Office. According to the Associated Press, Dallas police are "seeking a warrant for manslaughter" in the killing.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave, police say. Her short-term fate is relatively common, as there are many examples of officers getting paid not to work following their involvement in controversial shootings.

According to The Washington Post, nearly 700 people have been fatally shot by police in 2018. Bowling Green State University professor Phil Stinson said last month that just 90 cops involved in fatal shootings have faced criminal charges since 2005.

This post has been updated.

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  • perlchpr||

    So, that's a minimum of manslaughter, right?

  • croaker||

    Might be Murder, cop committed a felony by entering the apartment.

  • Bearded Spock||

    C'mon guys, this is no time to joke around.

  • sarcasmic||

    It was an honest mistake with no criminal intent. Nothing to see here. Move along.

  • grips||

    The Hillary defense I see.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    You mean cause she was a woman?

  • Tom Bombadil||

    No, because it was her turn.

  • ThanksForTheFish||

    I'm sure it was within department policy.

  • Robert||

    How long had she been living in the bldg.? Why did her key work?

  • lap83||

    I wonder if she was drunk and the door was just unlocked

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    That's what I wondered. I've lived in various apartments complexes for 20 years, and the only times anybody has tried to enter my apartment thinking it's their own, they were drunk.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    She worked a FULL SHIFT protecting and serving the people of Dallas and earned the right to unwind at the end of the day in whatever home she blunders into.

  • lap83||

    If I learned anything from the cop documentary The Wire, they rarely go straight home after their full shift

    But the department probably thought your rationale sounded better than "whatever home she drunkenly stumbles into"

  • Zennyfan||

    This is satire, right? More seriously, if a full shift exhausted her to such a degree that she entered the wrong apartment without noticing the number on the door and the different furniture, she should not have been working as a cop. If she stopped for some adult beverages before she went home, she probably broke at least a few departmental rules (not drinking in uniform, not drinking while armed). This explanation will be changed in the next day or two, guaranteed.

  • Arcxjo||

    Is it possible the apartments are all furnished identically and the HOA forbids any deviation?

  • Bill||

    I guess working a full shift is a rare event. And the door must have been
    unlocked.

  • ||

    I love it....she was tired.This is one story I'm going to follow I want to know if she gets away with it.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Proper procedure would be to drug/alcohol test her.
    I'm sure they didn't.

  • Naaman Brown||

    Report is her blood was drawn at the scene for testing.

    Dallas PD invited the Texas Rangers (the state's bureau of investigation) to do an independent investigation. Dallas PD and the district attorney are also pursuing a joint investigation.

    The head of the Dallas police union described the deceased as an "amazing individual" and said "if the grand jury deems necessary, this officer should have to answer for her actions in a court of law". (This is not the usual blue wall of solidarity stance in officer-involved shootings.)

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Most likely he had left his door unlocked and when she discovered "her" door which she always locks had been "force open" her cop senses told her something was amiss. She likely entered "her" apartment keyed up for an intruder and saw a black man standing there and shot the poor, startled fucker without asking a lot of questions first.

    Either that or she was having an affair with him and got pissed about something.

  • Speedlimit9||

    Given the rates of domestic violence in the law enforcement community I'd be willing to bet The "affair then she got pissed off" theory isn't far off.

  • ThomasD||

    That's what I was wondering.

    I want to hear more details about where in the apartment the shooting occurred. If it was right at the entrance hall/threshold I might believe it was a mistaken entry.

    But if the guy was shot standing at his coffee table I find it less easy to believe that she mistakenly thought she was in her own pad.

    Unless they all come pre-furnished identically, that is.

  • Bill||

    In most apartments the coffee table (in the living room)
    is 5 feet from the entryway in my experience.

    The whole story is fishy.

  • newlife3.0||

    My first thought was an affair. They state the dead guy's age but not the cop's. She got pissed and (we all know) she got privilege. My guess.

  • Bill||

    It's just a coincidence that she shot his dick off ........

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    REVISED: It looks like Jean heard a key scratching at his lock and opened the door to find a startled female cop who I guess thought an intruder had invaded her apartment and changed her lock and who wasn't prepared to ask questions first.

  • Sonny Bono's Ghost||

    ^^^^ yup.

  • DesparateReasoning||

    I mean, we've all tried to get into the wrong car, or done something similar, but normal human beings realize the error pretty quickly. The house/furniture would be all different. For this to be remotely real, she'd have had to walk in, seen the dude and shot him in like three seconds, or been intoxicated. I find the first item to be highly unlikely unless it really was calculated murder, and she's lying. If it's the second, then, she shouldn't have been in public with a firearm to begin with. My money is on her deliberately shooting this guy, and trying to make up a bullshit story.

  • MatthewSlyfield||

    "The house/furniture would be all different."

    It wasn't a house, it was an apartment in an apartment building. 4 floors, looking at the unit number of their available units, they likely have at least 400 total units and only 12 distinct floor plans, so while furniture might be different, the apartments themselves are not unique.

  • grips||

    I don't anything in your post that changes anything. I did exactly this one morning, went in the 2nd floor apartment instead of my 3rd floor. I knew INSTANTLY that I was in the wrong place.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    In college a 6'6 black male friend was drunk and went to the room a floor below his and fell on the bed, which was occupied by a 5'1 asain girl. It for not end well and he ended up pumping gas at the citgo...

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Somebody's been watching too much porn.

  • Scarecrow Repair & Chippering||

    Any sane, sober, alert person would notice instantly that something was wrong, unless both apartments begin with a 20 foot empty hall. Your spidey sense hairs would tingle and you'd slow down and start wondering what the hell happened, a half second later you'd wonder if you walked into the wrong place.

    Now I suppose that the neighbor could be an absolute pig and leave clothes scattered all over the floor such that the first thing the cop thought was that someone was ransacking her apartment. But then her first thought should have been to call for backup.

    No, she was just drunk, incompetent, power hungry, and deserves to be hung out to dry.

  • Shirley Knott||

    "No, she was just drunk, incompetent, power hungry, and deserves to be hung out to dry."
    FTFY

  • Troglodyte Rex||

    and deserves to be hung out to dry.

    Which won't happen because 1) it's Dallas, and 2) the victim is not white.

  • Kyfho Myoba||

    Maybe not with this DA. First black DA in Dallas, initiated contact and cooperation with Innocence Project to find wrongful convictions. Could do a whole lot worse.

  • Ron||

    I'm thinking neighbor & lover had a dispute so she came up with this idea of wrong apartment or she is just a typical trigger finger cop waiting for her first kill

  • Sonny Bono's Ghost||

    Say it with me, " A L C O H O L ."

  • ThomasD||

    I managed to steal a truck once. Borrowing one from a friend of a friend. Got directions to the place, and was told the truck would be in the driveway, with the keys under the mat. Pulled up, was slightly confused because the truck was one space over from expected, and the keys were in the ignition. But the color matched, so off I went none the wiser.

    Thankfully the owner of the truck I was supposed to borrow (who was running late) pulled up just as his neighbor was giving his statement to the deputy, and was able to resolve things before I got a felony stop. Or worse.

  • croaker||

    Blue Privilege.

  • sarcasmic||

    Mens rea is dead and gone for we peasants, but it's alive and well for the police. Twenty bucks says the DA will announce that they can't prove criminal intent, and therefore there will be no charges.

  • croaker||

    All that's gonna do is piss off the jury that hears the civil lawsuit.

  • Bearded Spock||

    If the city is smart then they'll quickly settle out of court for an undisclosed six-figure amount.

    If it goes to trial then they're gonna get taken to the cleaners.

  • sarcasmic||

    Why should the city settle? The cop was off duty. Not the department's problem.

  • Bearded Spock||

    True, but the Law of Deep Pockets says they are gonna get sued anyway, and depending on the judge, it just might stick.

  • Dillinger||

    >>>Not the department's problem

    depends whose gun was fired?

  • croaker||

    Union contract.

  • ThomasD||

    Department gun is not their problem?

    Maybe in libertopia, but not here.

    But that does make me wonder, if she went straight home was she wearing her full kit? If so, did she make a radio call about the 'intruder.'

  • Kyfho Myoba||

    Cops are NEVER off duty. That oath does not come with hours of operation. The courts have been clear on this for at least a hundred years.

  • ||

    DAs can indict ham sandwiches and have a conviction rate over 97%, but somehow they can't manage either one when the defendant is a cop, no matter what the cop did or what the law says about it.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The officer was not injured.

    Phew.

  • Bearded Spock||

    If the occupant had gotten the drop on her first this story would be quite different.

    Something tells me he would be in jail right now.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    In Jail on administrative leave.

  • Ska||

    Unpaid administrative leave.

  • perlchpr||

    Something tells me he would be in jail right now.

    If he'd shot a cop, he'd be lucky to have made it to the jail.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    It's getting harder and harder for a cop to get home safely.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    A cop walks into an apartment. The resident asks, "Why the long face?" The cop shoots him.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Cop walks into an apartment. The resident asks, "Why the long gun?". News at 11.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    I imagine hearing that in Rohrshach's voice.

  • Tony||

    I had a janky lock on my old apartment and some stumbling drunk guy walked right in and down the hall into the living room where I was in my underclothes. Guess I should be glad he was a mere menace to society and not a server and protector.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    That was your Mom's basement. Not sure who the "guy" was.

  • Agammamon||

    His uncle.

  • Dillinger||

    i want to make jokes but I live here & DPD is in the news waaaay too much lately. poor dude.

  • GoatOnABoat||

    If a regular civilian had walked into the wrong apartment and killed the occupant, they would be locked up now. And as others have pointed out as well, if the occupant had managed to kill the unlawful invader first, is there any doubt that he would have been dragged away in cuffs?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Well if you don't want to be treated like a commoner maybe you should negotiate it into your next CBA with your city.

  • Flinch||

    A regular citizen would not be an affirmative action hire, would they? Quotas are dangerous, apparently.

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    Almost every version of this I've read is careful to state the killer was "in full uniform after working a full shift." I bet this will be used to blame the victim and claim that he was assaulting this exhausted hero of the state. Up is down. Black is white.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Do any of the versions point out that only an idiot would walk into the wrong residence and shoot the resident?

  • This Machine Chips Fascists||

    No. Also, no mention of the sky being blue or water wet.

  • croaker||

    Of course not. This is a server and protector.

  • perlchpr||

    She protected the shit out of that guy.

  • Sonny Bono's Ghost||

    That guy got served & protected.

  • Hank Phillips||

    That's First Responder™ to you, peasant! Many others also fail to understand that in a looter mixed economy Responding means the initiation of (preferably deadly) force.

  • Longtobefree||

    Hidden in this story is the fact that evidently, no dogs were harmed in the commission of these felonies.

  • Griffin3||

    Ow!
    Nutpunches are for Mondays, silly rabbit!

  • Duke of url||

    She feared for her life, that's one of the only two things that matter, it is known.
    The only other thing that matters is she got home safe after her shift......eventually.
    So.... good shoot!

  • Duke of url||

    "A large Dallas police presence was at the apartment overnight into Friday morning as the department's special investigation unit processed the scene."

    If I murdered somebody, can my friends & co-workers process the evidence?

  • Naaman Brown||

    I don't think it is unusual for the local police to be the first to investigate a crime in their jurisdiction.

    However.

    I cannot recall a local officer-involved shooting reported in the papers that did not include the statement that the state bureau of investigation was doing a shooting review, as usual in such matters.

  • Duke of url||

    She feared for her life because there was a crazy black guy in 'her' apartment.
    She knew he was crazy because he'd hung pictures of his family on 'her' walls.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    I hope she remembered to sprinkle cocaine on the corpse.

  • Bramblyspam||

    How 'bout the neighbor was a drug dealer, suddenly saw a cop in his apartment, and immediately reached for his waistband? Self-defense, I'm tellin' ya!

  • Furd Turgeson||

    At least the brave cop made it home at the end of the day. After finding the correct apartment, presumably.

  • shortviking||

    The localities will fail to prosecute this monster. The federal government should throw her in gitmo.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    The officer has been placed on administrative leave, police say

    Anyone else would have been in jail so fast for murdering a cop in the wrong apartment.

  • Necron 99||

    Anyone else would have been in jail so fast for murdering a cop anyone in the wrong apartment

  • Salero21||

    What? Oh, just another female cop fail, that's all folks!

  • KWlib||

    And what's with the Manslaughter crap? Texas has a felony murder rule.

    https://bit.ly/1i3gjJx

    'Texas's felony murder rule, codified in Texas Penal Code § 19.02(b)(3),[1] states that a person commits murder if he "commits or attempts to commit a felony, other than manslaughter, and in the course of and in furtherance of the commission or attempt, or in immediate flight from the commission or attempt, he commits or attempts to commit an act clearly dangerous to human life that causes the death of an individual." '

    The cop did a B&E and killed the lawful resident. Sounds pretty open and shut to me.

  • ThomasD||

    If the entrance she used was not locked then it's not a B&E.

    In Florida it would be armed trespass - which is a felony.

  • KWlib||

    Fine, armed trespass or whatever the equivalent is there. She invaded his home and killed him.

    I'm in Florida also, and back in the mid 70's a friend's father shot a guy through their screen door in Dunedin. He got off, but the cops told him he should have dragged him inside to make it easier on him.

  • JSR2||

    I highly recommend not doing what the cops said. If you're caught tampering with evidence, it's going to go really bad for you.

  • ThomasD||

    "Fine, armed trespass or whatever the equivalent is there."

    Dude, the law isn't whatever you want it to be at the time you want it to be so. Texas may not have an equivalent.

    Latest reports also say that her key didn't work in the door and that the resident was shot just inside the doorway. Whole thing happened at around 10:00 p.m.

    That strikes me as an odd time to be 'just' coming home from your shift. Hope they got a blood sample from her.

  • Naaman Brown||

    "I'm in Florida also, and back in the mid 70's a friend's father shot a guy through their screen door in Dunedin. He got off, but the cops told him he should have dragged him inside to make it easier on him."

    A lot of bad folk advice is given on self defense, unfortunately (and too often) attributed to "the cops".

    Where I come from "altering a crime scene" (like dragging the body across a threshold) is considered evidence of guilt.

    For that matter, retreating from the crime scene (flight) is considered evidence of guilt.

    Even when all the evidence indicates a reasonable person would be in fear of imminent death or grievous harm, moving the body or fleeing the scene and change the "reasonable person" determining between murder and self-defense from the prosecutor or grand jury stage to the trial judge or trial jury stage.

    A shooting review team would probably notice a shot body has been dragged into a house.

  • Trainer||

    Fortunately, you don't have to in Texas. Castle doctrine and all that.

  • Fat Ray||

    Locked or not, it doesn't matter. Legally B&E is breaking the seal of the house. If you left your front door wide open and I walked in, it would be B&E.

  • ThomasD||

    No, it would not. B&E always requires elements above and beyond mere entry. Property damage is one, subterfuge is another (e.g. stealing a key and/or making a copy without approval.)

  • Naaman Brown||

    Sounds to me like you are describing forcible entry in your jurisdiction and Fat Ray is describing breaking and entering in his jurisdiction.

  • TwelveInchPianist||

    I'm not sure why you need felony murder. It sure looks like she intentionally shot him. That's murder.

  • Furd Turgeson||

    I guess I thought all murders were felonies. Even manslaughter.

  • perlchpr||

    They are, but the term "felony murder" refers to something else.

    It's usually used in cases where there are a group of people committing a nefarious act (bank robbery is a common example) and one of them kills someone. Felony Murder means they can all be charged, even the guy who was "just" the getaway driver, who was sitting outside the whole time, and didn't even have a gun.

    It's kind of like a conspiracy charge. You didn't necessarily commit the illegal act yourself, but it wouldn't have happened without your help, so you're also responsible.

  • Trainer||

    It doesn't have to be a felony murder charge for all of them to be charged. Heck, it doesn't even have to be murder.

  • John's broseph||

    I have inside sources that have told me that the guy who was killed was an accountant, so we know his background will be too clean for protesters to take up his death. Only dead thugs are worthy of protest.

  • Johnathan Q. Public||

    Yours seems like a rather odd comment considering most people here appear to be protesting a perceived injustice. All not all persons entitled to equal protection of the law?

  • Johnathan Q. Public||

    Yours seems like a rather odd comment considering most people here appear to be protesting a perceived injustice. Are not all persons entitled to equal protection of the laws?

  • Plow Horse||

    Headline should read, "Man killed by Affirmative Action."

  • ThomasD||

    At a minimum.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    In my unpopular opinion, when there's a strength/size differential, as there are with many women LEO, they tend to compensate with what's on their belt.

  • SQRLSY One||

    I do wonder what would be happening to the now-dead-dude, had he shot and killed the armed breaker-inner to his apartment?

    Somehow, I doubt the old adage of "what's good for the goose, is good for the gander".

    Government Almighty and its armed goons RULE, and the rest of us DROOL!!!!

  • woodNfish||

    "Please wait while we take this break in the investigation of the shooting to dig up dirt on the victim so we can smear him as a criminal before we exonerate the cop for following proper police procedure."

  • Naaman Brown||

    I remember when there was a lot of NYC public sympathy for the Tennessee woman with a carry permit who realized she had left her pistol in her purse when she came to NYC and tried to turn it in at a guard station.

    She was facing the mandatory 3.5 year sentence for illegal possession of a handgun in NYC.

    Michael Bloomberg went public to squash public sympathy for her by publicly stating the gun charge was the least of her problems: the white powder in folded paper sleeves in her purse was being tested for cocaine. The test came back it was Goody's Headache Powder (tylenol, aspirin, caffeine) but the potential jury pool was tainted and public sympathy squashed.

    It is routine when it appears someone has been victimized by authority that the authority must smear and tar brush the victim publicly to quell unrest and nip backlash in the bud.

  • Naaman Brown||

    Later on, I found:

    The head of the Dallas police union described the deceased as an "amazing individual" and said "if the grand jury deems necessary, this officer should have to answer for her actions in a court of law". (This is not the usual blue wall of solidarity stance in officer-involved shootings.)

    "Right now, there are more questions than we have answers," -- Dallas police chief U Renee Hall

    And Dallas PD invited the Texas Rangers (the state's bureau of investigation) to do an independent investigation, as the Dallas PD and the district attorney office continued theirs.

  • DirkT||

    I mistakenly tried entering my neighbor's townhouse once as a kid in my 20's ... while very drunk. Years later somebody tried to enter my apartment ... while very drunk. Thankfully, the doors were locked both times.

    Alcohol was involved with this cop.

  • Exsqueezeyou||

    Botham was a collateral victim of the War on Cops because of the increased stress and paranoia that cops are forced to endure as a result of unprecedented public hatred and animus. And many of you here bear responsibility based on your comments.

    Sarc off

    "It's not clear how the situation escalated...." Gee, I got some pretty good ideas.

    FFS the cop could have had her eyes closed and the smell of the apartment should have tipped her off unless she was still enjoying the fumes she was getting after wiping her mustache with the glove she just used for the roadside vaginal cavity search.

  • TwelveInchPianist||

    Why are they "seeking a warrant for manslaughter? She appears to have intentionally shot him. That should be murder.

  • Naaman Brown||

    Are you unaware that bringing maximum charges (murder, criminal homicide) before an investigation is complete complicates things if the evidence only supports a lesser charge (manslaughter, for instance)?

    If the preliminary evidence supports manslaughter, the charges can be upgraded.

  • macsnafu||

    Argh! Really?

  • Two Buck Chuck||

    Circle the wagons. Protect the scum. ACAB.

  • Dread Pirate Roberts||

    That's terrible. Is the cop all right?

  • swampwiz||

    At least the cop didn't shoot the victim's dog.

  • Roycerson||

    What makes you think she walked into the wrong apartment? Because of the cop's statement? Did you already discredit that photo going around of the shooter and victim with their arms around each other? Because that kinda puts some doubt into the 'wrong apartment' theory.

  • Naaman Brown||

    The photos show a different woman.

  • AD-RtR/OS!||

    She's finished. How tired do you have to be not to realize you're in the wrong apartment?

  • Flinch||

    In Texas? Yes. But San Francisco works hard to find the grossly incompetent to serve as police chief: city council needs that to continue the looting of the treasury. If she pulls off a miracle and gets cleared, she could find herself on the short list and soon.

  • Hank Phillips||

    Say, whatever became of the narc's daughter busted in Texas with enough harmless dope to warrant 2 death sentences plus 99 years in the pen?

  • KWlib||

    https://cnn.it/2CAicgf

    Big surprise folks, charges have been 'postponed'. This from the supposedly independent and unbiased Texas Rangers investigating one of their local law enforcement sisters. Tell me if you've heard this punch line before.

    I give it a day or two before we hear how the victim was actually the aggressor and the murderer chick gets a medal and a raise.

  • Flinch||

    Entering by "mistake"? If that's all that happened, the officer should have been triggered by differences in decor and apologized - they are trained to notice details before they get their badge. No... there's probably a conversation somewhere along the lines of "give me my damn money!", an ensuing argument [however brief], and something missing from an evidence locker if I had to wager. This one stinks.

  • tgrondo||

    She didn't get inside the apt....the guy who lived there heard someone fumbling around at the door and opened up to see who it was...

    Unfortunately for him, (according to a Dallas news source) he was in his underwear...So maybe the female officer takes one look and thinks, "OMG, there's a naked man in my apt"...BOOM !

  • Acoscirq||

    I fail to see how this is even a story.

    He was black, she was scared. Those two facts alone make it a "good kill" for just about any police division in the US.

    Move along folks.

  • KWlib||

    So sad how true this is.

  • Bob2||

    She'll blend right in as the whitewashing progresses on the other side of the thin blue lie.

  • Hank Phillips||

    Same thing happened to Fat Freddy's Cat. He landed in a nudist colony, killed everyone, then discovered the drug lab was next door.

  • crufus||

    I think a jilted lover story is the most likely.

    He didn't want the crazy bitch any more. She got drunk, went nuts, shot him, and made up a stupid cover story.

  • Naaman Brown||

    No credible source is saying that.

  • crufus||

    Just Occam's razor.

    No credible investigator would believe she walked into the wrong apartment and shot the guy she found there. The story sounds too made up to be believable.

  • RPGuy16||

    Sounds like an unfortunate accident to me. Should be handled as a civil matter.

  • Michael Cook||

    This could be simply a case of her being extremely tired after working a 12-hr shift or more (I often did 16-hrs at a pop--which is nuts but you oughta see my nice house in retirement!) She parked on the wrong floor and went to the wrong door.

    He had left his door unlocked. The numbers might have been similar at a glance, like 534 vs 634. The victim left his door unlocked. She walked right in, the color of the room the same, furniture similar, shout, scream, bang, bang.

    Maybe that's how it was.

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