Police intend to seek a warrant against the Dallas officer who shot and killed 26-year-old Botham Jean on Thursday night when she entered his apartment, apparently mistaking it for her own.
Police Chief Hall confirmed that the officer’s blood was drawn to test for alcohol and drugs, and have also invited the Texas Rangers to conduct an independent investigation as they have ceased handling the matter under their normal protocol as an officer-involved shooting.
Through the Chief, the Dallas Police Department has reached out to the Jean family, confirming during a press conference that she had indeed spoken with the deceased’s sister Allisa, reassuring her that they are working diligently and have invited an outside agency to investigate the “unique situation.”
Scores of online tributes have been posted on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram since the news of the shooting. His uncle, Earl Jean, posting the heartbreaking message, “my heart goes with you my boy … never thought this day would come, wanted to be there for you always my boy … how can this nasty world take you away from me” and his sister, Allisa Charles-Findley’s tearful post, “just last week I was thinking of what to get you for your birthday, now I have to go pick out your casket. You will always be my baby brother. I love you with all of my heart Botham Shem Jean. Until we meet again my love.”
Dallas Police Department have yet to name the officer who fired the fatal shot or give an explanation as to how she entered into the wrong apartment.