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Search continues for gunman who killed witness in Amber Guyger murder trial Friday

A witness in the murder trial of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was shot and killed late Friday in a Dallas apartment complex parking lot, according to Dallas police and officials at the University of South Florida.

Joshua Brown, 28, was a former neighbor of 26-year-old Botham Jean, the unarmed man who was fatally shot by Guyger in September 2018 in his own Dallas apartment. The former officer was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison last week.

Dallas police responded to a shooting call about 10:37 p.m. Friday in the 4600 block of Cedar Springs Road in Dallas.

As they arrived, Dallas police were flagged down by witnesses, who directed them to the parking lot at the Atera Apartments.

Brown was found lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds to his lower body, Dallas police said. He was taken to a Dallas hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Witnesses reported seeing a silver four-door sedan leaving the parking lot at a high rate of speed.

As of Sunday afternoon, Dallas police had not made an arrest in the case.

“There are no motives at this time,” said Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall in a statement released Sunday afternoon. “We are committed to solving this case and will work diligently to apprehend the individuals responsible for Brown’s death.”

Brown testified in the murder trial on Sept. 24, telling jurors he lived across the hall from Jean. Brown testified he heard loud voices on the morning of the shooting, Sept. 6, 2018, as though it was “two people meeting each other by surprise,” but he couldn’t understand what they were saying.

Within minutes, Brown said he heard gunshots.

Brown, who was born in Pensacola, Florida, also lived in Jacksonville and Daytona Beach, but he had lived in Lancaster and attended Lancaster High School, according to USF, where he last played football.

He played football at Arizona Western College, according to USF, and played in 2012 at USF.

USF officials released this statement:

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Joshua Brown in Dallas, Texas. Joshua was a much loved and valued member of our football program and athletic family and his loss is felt by many whose lives he positively touched. Our hearts go out to Joshua’s family, friends and loved-ones during this very difficult time.”

Brown has four sisters and a cousin who is currently playing cornerback at the University of Nebraska, according to USF.

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