By: Fox News Team
An off-duty Dallas police officer shot and killed a man after she walked into the wrong apartment in her building just south of Downtown Dallas.
The shooting happened around 10 p.m. Thursday. The Dallas Police Department said the officer had just finished her shift and entered what she believed was her own apartment at the South Side Flats. The complex is near the department’s headquarters on Lamar Avenue.
However, it was not the right apartment. The officer ran into a man who she didn’t recognize and ended up shooting him. She called 911 afterward, police said.
Responding officers found Botham Shem Jean, 26, badly wounded. He was taken to the hospital and died a short time later.
People who live nearby said they got a notification about the shooting on the app Nextdoor. They can’t believe what happened.
“I was sitting in my apartment, I heard a single gunshot followed by the commotion. Yelling. Kind of running. Couldn’t tell exactly what it was,” said neighbor Alyssa Kinsey. “I jumped up, went to my door, looked out the peephole. I didn’t see anything, but I could hear a female calling 911 at that point.”
“Super scary because the police are supposed to protect you and then they come home and you’re just hanging out in your own house and then they come home thinking they’re home or whatever,” said Richard Healy Nelson, who lives in the complex. “I don’t know if she was tired, but that’s pretty scary.”