Dallas police officer accused in neighbor’s death fired

Aaron Brown
September 25, 2018

The officer's firing comes days after Dallas Police Chief U. Reneeé Hall said during Tuesday's town hall meeting that they couldn't fire Guyger before they completed an internal investigation due to federal, state, and local laws.

"As Botham Shem Jean's family has his home-going service in St. Lucia this week, this announcement of Amber Guyger's termination from the Dallas Police Department is bittersweet for Botham's family", the Jean family's attorneys, Ben Crump, Lee Merritt and Daryl Washington, said in a statement.

Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer who was off duty when she killed her neighbor, Botham Jean, in his own apartment, was sacked by Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall on Monday morning.

It remains unclear how exactly Guyger mistook Jean's apartment for hers or why she so quickly chose lethal force to confront a person she believed was a burglar.

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Amber Guyger was charged with manslaughter in connection with the September 6 shooting death of 26-year-old Botham Jean. Although she was charged with manslaughter for Jean's death, DA Faith Johnson said the grand jury could upgrade that charge. She says she attempted to enter the wrong unit, encountered Jean, and eventually shot him. She reportedly said the door was slightly ajar when she placed the key with an electronic chip into the keyhole, causing the door to open further. In a statement, the department says she was sacked during a hearing Monday morning. When she opened the door, she saw the interior was almost completely dark, according to the affidavit. She lived on the third floor, but mistook Jean's fourth floor residence for hers, according to the arrest warrant affidavit obtained by the Dallas Morning News. She then drew her weapon and fired twice at Jean, the affidavit said. "Officer was terminated for her actions".

The Dallas County district attorney has expressed a desire to present the case to a grand jury - which, as KERA notes, could result in stiffer charges.

On Thursday, Hall said she did not want to risk interfering with a criminal investigation by making a decision about Guyger's employment.

Guyger had been on administrative leave since the shooting occurred. Jean later died at a hospital after being shot once in the torso.

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