Dallas Police Officer Who Killed Man in His Home Charged With Manslaughter

September 10, 2018 Updated: September 10, 2018

A female police officer in Dallas has been arrested and charged with manslaughter after shooting a man in his apartment.

The Texas Rangers arrested Amber Guyger, 30, on Sept. 9, over the shooting of Botham Jean, 26.

Guyger was released before the end of the day on $300,000 bond.

Wrong Apartment

Dallas Police Department Chief Renee Hall said that Guyger was done with her shift on Sept. 6, but still in her uniform when she entered the S. Lamar Street apartment building where she lives.

Guyger “returned to what she believed to be her apartment after her shift ended,” Hall said. Jean was inside.

“It’s not clear what the interaction was between her and the victim. Then at some point she fired her weapon striking the victim,” Hall said. After shooting Jean, Guyger called 911. Emergency responders rushed to the scene and took Jean to a hospital but he was soon pronounced dead.

After investigators discovered the unique situation they took a blood sample from Guyger and enlisted the Texas Rangers to conduct the investigation.

“The Texas Rangers were requested to conduct the investigation to eliminate the appearance of any potential bias,” Hall said.

The Rangers interviewed the officer and probed the case before deciding to arrest Guyger on the charge of manslaughter.

Door Unlocked

Guyger got inside Jean’s apartment because his door wasn’t locked, a law enforcement official told the Dallas News.

The official said that Guyger, who had ended a shift of 15 hours, parked on the fourth floor of the parking garage for her building instead of the third.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings also said Sept. 9, that the officer parked on the wrong floor.

“She went to the door she thought was hers but was one floor too high. The four floors of the South Side Flats in the Cedars look the same, with concrete floors and tan doors. A light fixture to the side of each door displays the apartment number,” the Dallas News reported.

Guyger shot Jean in the dark but realized she was in the wrong apartment when she then turned a light on. She was crying when she called 911.

Victim

Jean was born in St. Lucia. He graduated from Harding University in Arkansas in 2016 and was interning at PricewaterhouseCoopers at the time of his death, according to his Facebook page, which has been removed.

Harding University said in a statement that Botham was active on campus during his time there, serving as an intern for the campus ministry and serving as a leader in a men’s social club.

Harding is a Christian university.

From NTD.tv

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