A Dallas police officer shot and killed a 26-year-old man Thursday night upon returning home from her shift and entering an apartment she apparently thought was her own, authorities said.
Preliminary information suggests the off-duty officer, who has not been publicly identified, was still wearing her police uniform after working a full shift when she arrived that night at the apartment complex where she lives south of downtown Dallas, according to a statement released Friday by the Dallas Police Department.
She told responding officers that, just before 10 p.m. local time, she “entered the victim’s apartment believing that it was her own” and at some point “fired her weapon striking the victim,” police said in the statement.
The officer called police dispatch for help, and the responding officers administered aid to the man at the scene He was then taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.
Authorities said they are awaiting family notification before releasing the victim’s name.
The officer involved was not injured in the incident and was placed on administrative leave while the police department conducts a joint investigation with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.
“This investigation is ongoing and we will release additional details as they become available and it is appropriate to do so,” police said in the statement.
Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall is set to hold a press conference Friday regarding the incident.
The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office said they do not have any additional information to release at this time.