An important witness to the murder trial of Dallaser police officer Amber Guyger was shot dead late Friday in an apartment complex, according to a lawyer representing the family of the man Guyger shot dead.
The neighbor of [Botham Jean] was killed last night after being shot several times by an unknown assailant, "S. Lee Merritt posted on social media on Saturday.
According to the Dallas Morning News, the 28- year old Brown was found with multiple gunshot wounds in the complex near the city's medical district around 10:30 pm He was pronounced dead at Parkland Memorial Hospital.
The newspaper reported that police witnesses said they had heard and saw several shots how a silver four-door sedan raced out of the complex parking lot.
"An ADA [assistant district attorney] has confirmed that it was indeed Brown who was killed, though they still do not need to identify a suspect or motive for the shootout," said Merritt. "The case is now in the hands of the Dallas Police Department."
Brown lived opposite Jean in the South Side Flats apartments and said in court on the night Jean was killed.
as a witness of facts approaching his apartment directly across from Botham's jeans apartment when shots were fired, "said Merritt." Brown was still visibly shaken by the incident when he took a stand to testify for the indictment. His murder underscores the reality of the black experience in America. "
Merritt said Brown was a former athlete who had become an entrepreneur, and he" lived in constant fear that he might be the next victim of gun violence, either from the state sanctioned or otherwise. "
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" We have more work to cope with the constant threats of our community inside and out. Brown deserves the same righteousness he sought to protect the Jean family, "said the lawyer." The criminal justice system of Dallas County must be mobilized [be] to identify its murderer and to ensure that he is responsible for this murder
Dallas County Prosecutor Jason Hermus, who led the Guyger indictment, told The Morning News that Brown bravely acted to testify when others did not want it.
If we had more people like him, we'd have a better world. "
Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday for killing Jean on Four-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department was released and charged with manslaughter after she was killed Jean & # 39; s apartment believed she was her own and shot him twice, believing he was a burglar.
Guyger was still in uniform at the time, but off duty after a 13-hour shift.
She is said to have accidentally parked on the fourth floor of the apartment complex, although she lived on the third floor.
According to the affidavit of the police arrest warrant, which reproduces Guyger's memory of events, she entered Jean's apartment through the partially ajar front door and drew her gun as she saw "a tall silhouette" in what she saw for her apartment. Jean ignored Guyger's verbal orders and shot him dead.
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The case attracted national attention and indignation, highlighting racial tensions between the black community and law enforcement agencies, causing many to be more deadly Questioning violence by white officers against black people.
Guyger's verdict also provoked anger over what many considered a slight verdict.
"These 10 years in prison are 10 years for her to think about and for her to change her life, but the city of Dallas can do much more," said Jean's mother Allison. "The corruption we saw during this process has to stop and it has to stop for you, and then I leave Dallas, but you live in Dallas and it has to stop for everyone."
Vandana Rambaran of Fox News contributed to this report.