Funeral services held for a man shot to death by police in his own apartment

Botham Shem Jean

Police search Jean’s apartment during his funeral


By Frederick H. Lowe


Funeral services were held Thursday for Botham Shem Jean who was shot to death by an off-duty Dallas police officer who mistakenly entered his apartment believing it was hers.

The funeral service for the 26-year-old Jean was held at Greenville Avenue Church of Christ in Richardson, Texas.

It was streamed live at noon local time and attended by hundreds including, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall, the city’s black woman police chief, and Bishop T. D. Jakes.

During Jean’s funeral service, Dallas police raided his apartment searching for drugs, drug paraphernalia and any contraband that can be used in criminal offenses, according to the search warrant.

They found 10.4 grams of marijuana, or two teaspoons of the drug, and a marijuana grinder, which police told Fox News. Lee Merritt, attorney for Jean’s family, charged that it was part of a smear campaign and finding marijuana in his house had nothing to do with the way in which he died.

Jean grew up in Castries, Saint Lucia. He attended college at Harding University, a private Christian university in Searcy, Arkansas, where he earned degrees in accounting and business systems.  He also was a member of the Good News Singers. He graduated in 2016.

Students at Harding University held a candlelight vigil on campus honoring Jean.

Dallas police officer Amber Guyger

Jean had been working as an intern in risk assurance for accounting at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, an international accounting and consulting firm with offices in Dallas.

Friends and family said that Jean was a devout Christian throughout college and during his time in Texas.

He was shot to death on Thursday by Amber Guyger, a white woman cop, who has been with the Dallas Police Department four years. She admitted to entering the wrong apartment which was dark. When she saw a silhouette, Guyger claimed she issued voice commands before firing her service revolver, hitting Jean in the chest wounding him. He later died at Baylor University Medical Center.

The district attorney’s office charged her with manslaughter. She remains employed by the department. Guyger is scheduled to appear before a grand jury sometime in the future and she may face much stiffer charges.

In 2017, Guyger shot another man who survived.


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