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Man who gave evidence in trial of police officer who shot neighbour found dead

Joshua Brown had been overwhelmed with emotion as he testified about the murder of Botham Jean in Dallas.

Shooting victim Botham Jean’s neighbour Joshua Brown, left, has been killed (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)
Shooting victim Botham Jean’s neighbour Joshua Brown, left, has been killed (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)

By Associated Press Reporters

A witness in the murder trial of a white Dallas police officer who fatally shot her black neighbour has been killed in a shooting, authorities have said.

The Dallas Morning News reports that authorities said Joshua Brown, who lived in the same apartment complex as Amber Guyger and her neighbour Botham Jean, was fatally shot on Friday.

Police would not confirm to The Associated Press that it was Mr Brown who was shot, pending family notification.

They said police responded to the shooting shortly after 10.30pm on Friday.

They said several witnesses flagged officers down and directed them to an apartment parking lot where the man who was shot was lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds.

The man was taken to a hospital where he died.

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Joshua Brown was overcome with emotion as he gave his testimony (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool, File)

The 28-year-old testified in Guyger’s trial about the night that Mr Jean was killed.

Guyger was convicted on Tuesday and sentenced the next day to 10 years in prison.

Guyger said she mistook Mr Jean’s apartment for her own and thought he was an intruder when she fatally shot him in September 2018.

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Botham Jean’s younger brother Brandt Jeans showed forgiveness to Amber Guyger (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)

Mr Jean’s brother embraced Guyger before she was sentenced to 10 years for his murder.

Brandt Jean also told Guyger that his brother would have wanted her to turn her life over to Christ, and that if she can ask God for forgiveness, she will get it.

The gesture has been called an amazing act of healing and forgiveness.

But some people outside of the courtroom reacted angrily to the sentence given to Guyger, believing it was too lenient.

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