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Jeffrey Scherzer, who lives there, said when he returned home after the shooting, an officer escorted him to his apartment and warned him to steer clear of a blood trail.

Allison Jean told NBC News that she doesn't want to judge the police officer who shot her son but wants an explanation. Dallas Fire Rescue also responded and took Mr. Jean to the hospital, where he later died.

Hall said as the investigation continued "it became clear that we were dealing with what appears to be a much different and very unique situation", and the department has stopped handling the case under normal officer involved shooting protocol. She paused, tears now streaming down her face, before gingerly placing the flowers in front of a sign that read, in thick black letters, "Remember Botham Shem Jean".

The dead man was named as Botham Shem Jean.

Their mother, Allison, a former Permanent Secretary of the Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations for St. Lucia, was traveling to Dallas on Friday. The department said the investigation is ongoing and that no additional information was available. The Rangers have postponed seeking a warrant on manslaughter charges - a move Dallas police Chief Renee Hall had announced - until they can gather more information from the officer.

"We need to push past our initial grief", said Dr. Michael W. Waters, pastor of Joy Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal Church in Dallas.

The shooting occurred at an upscale apartment complex called South Side Flats not far from downtown Dallas, NBC reported.


"Somebody has to be insane not to realize that they walked into the wrong apartment", Allison Jean, who lives in the family's native St. Lucia, told NBC News.

"How can this nasty world take you away from me", Earl wrote.

Allison also revealed that she was visiting NY when she received a call informing her that Botham had been killed in his own apartment.

It was unclear how the officer got into Jean's apartment, but an unnamed relative of Jean's said that the officer's key was found in the lock of the door to Jean's apartment, after she tried but failed to open it, according to the St. Lucia Times. "Then at some point she fired her weapon striking the victim". However, Chief Hall did confirm she is a white patrol officer. He earned a bachelor's degree at Harding University in Arkansas.

"Seeing the transparency that's already taken place and seeing a warrant has already been issued - these kinds of things help build credibility with us", the pastor said.

"Botham frequently led worship for chapel and for campus events", Harding University said in a statement on Facebook.

Fellow Harding alum Romas Roberson said Jean's leadership was missed at the private liberal-arts school in Searcy, Arkansas.


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