Friday 19 July, 2019

Arrest warrant ordered for cop who killed Botham Jean

UPDATE: The Texas Rangers have postponed seeking a warrant. See the related story at the bottom for more details.

A manslaughter warrant is being sought for the police officer who fatally shot St Lucian Botham Shem Jean in his own apartment last night in Dallas Texas.

Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall held a press conference earlier today where she read the following statement:

"I want to give you details of what we know so far and to clear up some inconsistencies that have already been reported.

Last night, a female Dallas Police officer returned to what she believed to be her apartment after her shift ended – she was still in uniform when she encountered Mr. Jean inside the apartment.  

It’s not clear what the interaction was between her and the victim.

Then at some point she fired her weapon striking the victim.

She called 911 – officers responded in about four minutes. Dallas Fire Rescue also responded and took Mr. Jean to the hospital where he later died.

At the very early stages of this investigation – initial indications were that they were what we consider circumstances of an officer involved shooting.

However, as we continued this investigation it became clear that we were dealing with what appears to be a much different and very unique situation.

Therefore, we have ceased handling it under our normal officer involved shooting protocol, a blood sample was drawn to test for drugs and alcohol, we are in the process of obtaining a warrant, and we have also invited the Texas Rangers to conduct an independent investigation.

I’ve spoken with the family expressed my condolences and reassured them that we are working diligently and that we have invited an outside agency to investigate.

Right now there are more questions than answers. We understand the concerns of the community. That is why we are working as vigorously and meticulously as we can to ensure the integrity of the case and the department is upheld.

In doing so – we hope to bring understanding to the family.

We ask that you work alongside us as we move through this process.

As a result of the information above, an arrest warrant is being obtained for the officer involved in this incident."

Chief Hall stated that the officer is Caucasian. The officer's name will be revealed once she is officially charged. The officer is not currently in police custody.

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