Joshua Brown was the key witness in the murder trial of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger. Which resulted in Amber being convicted of the murder Botham Jean! Three days after Guyger was found guilty, Joshua was shot dead exception style in his apartment complex parking lot! Details surrounding Brown’s death are wild.
According to a statement from Dallas Police, he died of multiple gunshot wounds. The killer is still at large. Fox 13 reports:
Dallas police responded to a call for a shooting at the Atera Apartments complex around 10:30 p.m. Friday, police told CNN.
Officers were flagged down by witnesses who directed them to Brown, who was lying on the ground of the apartment parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to Parkland memorial hospital, where he died from his injuries, according to a statement from Dallas Police.
Witnesses told police they heard several gunshots and saw a silver four-dour sedan speed out of the parking lot, police said.
Brown had no identification on him, so police couldn’t identify him until the medical examiner made a positive ID and notified the next of kin.
An attorney on the DA team, Lee Merritt, posted the news before police put out a statement identifying Brown as the victim . Merritt highlighted harsh reality of gun violence facing black men . He also urged Dallas police to get find the murder ASAP:
The timing of Joshua’s murder is all too coincidental, and many are trying to blame it on the streets. He was a father, husband, and worked hard. The dutiful neighbor had and job, and no known enemies ! Something is going on at they apartment complex in Dallas, and it’s feeling like the movie Purge!
Dallas PD finally identified Joshua as the victim after 10p Saturday, almost 24 hours after Joshua was shot.
What’s also sad is that when Joshua took the stand to testify for his slain neighbor, he was emotional not just because of what happened to Botham, but because he said he believes “it could have been him.” He said then that he lived in constant fear of his life over gun violence.
Joshua’s testimony was central to the case, as he is the only non police officer who saw Amber’s immediate actions after shooting Botham Jean.
Brown testified that he met Jean the day he was killed. He said he was down the hall from his apartment when he heard the voices of two people who sounded like they were meeting by “surprise.” The gunshots followed “right after,” he said.
Soon after, from his apartment balcony, Brown said he saw Guyger come out to the hallway from Jean’s apartment on the phone. She was “crying, explaining what happened, what she thought happened, saying she came in to the wrong apartment,” he said.
Through his peep hole, Brown said he also saw the former officer “going back, back and forth on the phone.”
“And then, I think she went back inside, then came back out,” said Brown, who lived across the hallway from Jean.