A witness who made significant statements in the trial of Amber Guyger – the white former Dallas police officer who was convicted last week of the murder of an unarmed black man, Botham Jean – was fatally shot dead on Friday night. Jean family said.
The witness, Joshua Brown, 28, who lived in the same condominium as Mrs Guyger and Mr Jean, was shot several times by an unknown assailant, Lee Merritt, the family lawyer, on Twitter Saturday night.
Mr. Brown's death occurred only two days after a Dallas jury sentenced Ms. Guyger to 10 years in prison, just short of the maximum 99 years she could have expected in the murder of Mr. Jean, a 26-year-old immigrant from the United States Island State of St. Lucia in the Caribbean.
His murder underscores the reality of the black experience in America, "Merritt said of Brown. "A former athlete became an entrepreneur – Brown lived in constant fear of being the next victim of gun violence, either sanctioned by the state or otherwise. Brown deserves the same justice he sought to assure the Jean family.
The Dallas Police Department did not confirm that Mr. Brown was the victim of the shootout, but said in an e-mail that officials would have responded to the Atera apartments at 4,606 Cedar Springs Street at around 10:37 pm local time Friday a reported shootout.
"The complainant was found lying in the parking lot of the apartment with several gunshot wounds on the ground," said the police. "Dallas Fire-Rescue responded and transported the complainant to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he died of his injuries. Several witnesses heard several shots, watching a silver four-door sedan leave the parking lot at high speed.
Police officers said the victim has no identity card.
The shooting of Mr. Jean in September 2018 sparked protests and demanded justice, with demonstrations in front of the police headquarters and in the town hall. After weeks of tensions in the community and the accusation of favoring the police, a large jury returned with the increased charges of murder. At that time, Ms. Guyger had been released from the Dallas Police Department.
During a weeklong trial, the prosecutors attempted to label Ms. Guyger negligent and aggressive the night she entered someone else's home, pulled her service weapon, and opened fire. Her defenders argued that she had made an unfortunate but understandable mistake during a "perfect storm" of circumstances that ended in tragedy.
Mr. Brown said about the night of the deadly shots and testified that he had heard shots after a surprise encounter between his one-time neighbors.