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Twenty-six-year-old Botham Shem Jean was fatally shot in his own apartment on Thursday night just before 10 P.M. It appears that a police officer was returning home from her shift, when she accidentally entered into the wrong apartment.
According to reports, after the officer entered into the wrong apartment is when she eventually began to open fire. The officer reportedly called for help and informed the responding officers “she entered into the victim’s apartment believeing it was her own.”
Here’s what Botham Shem Jean’s mother, Allie Jean, said about the incident:
“Somebody has to be crazy not to realize that they walked into the wrong apartment. He’s a bachelor. Things are different inside. And if you try your key and it doesn’t work, that should make you realize you’re at the wrong apartment. Every door for each apartment is also numbered.”
“She took away my heart, she took away my soul, she took away everything,” she said. “He didn’t deserve to die like that.”
Police chief Renee Hall stated, “Investigators are “working as vigorously and meticulously as we can to ensure the integrity of this case and ensure the integrity of the department is upheld,”
Hall did state any further details surrounding the case, we are still unsure of why the officer opened fire.
Botham graduated from Harding University in 2016. He is remembered by his mother as a top student who loved serving as a song leader in the church. He was a member of the Good News Singers and campus ministry.
We sending our condolences and prayers to his family at this time.
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