Joshua Brown, the key witness in the murder trial of former police officer Amber Guyger, was fatally shot Friday night in his apartment complex in Dallas, Texas, Dallas Morning News first reported.
Police found Brown lying on the ground in the parking lot of his apartment building Friday night with several gunshot wounds to his lower body. He was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries.
Witnesses of the crime scene reported seeing a silver four-door sedan leaving the area at high speed.
Ten days ago, the 28-year-old Brown testified in the murder trial of Guyger who was convicted of shooting and killing his neighbor, Botham Jean, in September 2018.
Guyger was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years in jail earlier this week. In September last year, then officer Brown walked into Jean's apartment, mistaking it for her own, and killed Jean, assuming he was an intruder.
Their neighbor, Joshua Brown, testified he was down the hall from his flat that day when he heard the voices of two people who sounded like they were meeting by 'surprise.' Immediately after that, Brown heard gunshots, Brown said.
Shortly after that, from through his peephole, Brown said he noticed Guyger coming out of the hallway from Jean's apartment speaking on the phone. In Brown's words, she was crying, saying she entered the wrong apartment.
Initially, Brown did not want to testify in an open trial, his mother said, highlighting that the was subpoenaed to do so. The public attention bothered him, his attorney Lee Merritt confirmed.
According to Merritt, his client had been living in constant fear of gun violence since the trial started.
In an interview with the Dallas Morning News, Dallas County prosecutor, Jason Hermus, said that Brown's testimony was brave and essential for the case. Hermus also added that if we had more people like him, we would have a much better world.
The Dallas Police Department has not revealed a suspect in Brown's death yet and does not have a motive, the police chief Renee Hall said in an official statement Sunday. He also encouraged potential witnesses of the murder to come forward with information on the case.
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson urged residents not to speculate about the crime before the investigation is complete.
In the meantime, the hashtag #Justice4JoshuaBrown began trending on Twitter. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was among the first officials to use the hashtag, urging for justice.
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