Dallas police officer arrested in shooting death of man in wrong apartment

Dallas police officer arrested in shooting death of man in wrong apartment

The Texas Department of Public Safety's Texas Rangers, who often assist agencies in investigating officer-involved shootings, are handling the case, which remained under investigation Saturday.

But she said Saturday that the Texas Rangers, who have taken over the investigation, asked her department to hold off because they had learned new information and wanted to investigate further before a warrant was issued.

'Right now, there are more questions than we have answers, ' Hall told a news conference. Hall said the officer's blood was drawn at the scene so that it could be tested for alcohol and drugs.

Guyger was arrested three days after the incident after the Texas Rangers made a decision to postpone pursuing a warrant "until they could follow up on information that they received from the interview with the officer".

Merritt said Jean and the officer did not know each other. She called for the "swift and immediate arrest of the officer", along with full transparency on the shooting and the investigation.

The shooting took place Thursday night at the South Side Flats.

The footage shows a female cop crying into her phone on a walkway of the Dallas apartment block seconds before 26-year-old Botham Jean is pulled past on a trolley as medics desperately try to revive him. "This family is grieving that that has not happened yet", Merrit said at a prayer vigil Saturday.

His mother flew over to Dallas following the shooting. Her bond had not yet been set. "At some point she fired her weapon striking the victim", CNN wrote, quoting the chief.

Jean wasn't the first person shot by Guyger.




Police have not released an official picture of Officer Guyger, but Chief Hall did confirm she is a white patrol officer.

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.

Botham Jean speaks at Harding University, March 24, 2014.

PricewaterhouseCoopers said: "This is a awful tragedy". The police department released her name yesterday, which was two nights after she shot and killed Mr Jean.

"If there is probable cause that a crime has been committed in this jurisdiction, it is incumbent upon law enforcement, and in particular the district attorney's office, to issue a warrant for the arrest of the officer involved", attorney Lee Merritt said following a vigil at Dallas West Church of Christ, NBC News reported. They held a news conference Sunday night, shortly before the arrest was announced, making another plea for the officer to be taken into custody and saying their team had presented new evidence - a witness and video footage - to prosecutors. "Botham Jean was a member of the PwC family in our Dallas office and we are simply heartbroken to hear of his death".

Jean's mother, Allison, suggested in an interview on Friday that her son might still be alive if he was white.

Jean was listed on LinkedIn as a risk assurance experienced associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Jean described himself on LinkedIn as a "young professional, engaged in developing a career built upon integrity, dedication and relationships, leveraging useful technologies to gain an understanding of and add value in a range (of) industries, striving towards leadership in my career, my community and society".

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