White officer who fatally shot black neighbour fired by Dallas police
- Author: Joey Payne Sep 25, 2018,
Sep 25, 2018, 0:27
Facebook/Kaufman County JailThe Dallas Police Department has fired Amber Guyger, the off-duty officer who shot and killed Botham Jean after apparently mistaking his apartment for her own.
Nevertheless, police opened an internal affairs investigation into Guyger after her arrest, according to Monday's statement.
A four-year veteran of the department, Guyger has the right to appeal the disciplinary action, according to the tweet. District Attorney Faith Johnson said the panel may decide to uphold the manslaughter charge on which Guyger was arrested, or it could consider a more serious charge of murder. "As an employer, DPD can compel Officer Guyger to provide a statement during a DPD administrative investigation and those statements given to DPD could potentially compromise the criminal investigation", Hall said.
Guyger has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and is now free on $300,000 bail.
One of the family's attorneys, Lee Merritt, said Jean was being buried Monday in St. Lucia. Guyger fatally shot and killed a man when she mistakenly walked into his apartment.
But Hall seems to have cast aside this reasoning, opting to fire Guyger while the criminal investigation is still ongoing.
Guyger reportedly moved out of the Southside Flats apartment complex - located just blocks away from Dallas police headquarters - last week.
Upon entering Jean's apartment, Guyger mistook him for a burglar, gave "verbal commands" that she claims Jean "ignored", then drew her service weapon and fired two shots.
When she turned on the lights, she realized she was in the wrong unit, according to the document, which appeared to be based nearly entirely upon the officer's account.
But according to an affidavit for a search warrant Jean "confronted the officer at the door".
Guyger is charged with manslaughter. She turned on the lights while on the phone with 911, and only when asked for her address did she realize she was in the wrong apartment, she told police.
The shooting sparked days of protest. An earlier search warrant contradicts that narrative, saying that Jean was found dead closer to the door.