Dallas police officer Amber Guyger fired for fatally shooting neighbor Botham Jean
The Dallas Police Department on Monday reportedly fired Amber Guyger, weeks after she shot and killed her 26-year-old neighbor Botham Shem Jean
Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer accused of fatally shooting her neighbor Botham Shem Jean inside his own apartment, has been dismissed from her job, according to reports.
The Dallas Police Department on Monday reportedly fired Guyger, weeks after she shot and killed the 26-year-old, the Associated Press reported. According to court records, Guyger said that she shot Jean because she entered his house mistaking it to be her own home and thought Jean was standing in her living room.
Guyger was eventually arrested on a preliminary charge of manslaughter and is now out on a $300,000 bond, according to reports.
On the night of September 6, Guyger walked into Jean's apartment in uniform, mistaking it for her own, after returning from a 12-hour shift. She said she fired her gun twice at Jean, who died later at a nearby hospital, only after he ignored her "verbal commands", according to a Texas Ranger's arrest affidavit.
Officer Guyger, in her defense, claimed she was able to enter Jean's apartment as the door was slightly open. She initially believed it was her own apartment before realizing her mistake. Lee Merritt, the attorney representing Jean's family, however, said that there are two witnesses who directly contradict the officer's version of events.
Meritt said that witnesses heard a woman knocking on the door and saying "Let me in" before the shooting. Jean was a "meticulous" person and would not have carelessly left his door ajar, the attorney said.
The officer's firing comes after Jean's family attorneys and protesters had called for her removal from the police department after the shooting.
Police stated in the news release that she was fired after an internal investigation found she had engaged in "adverse conduct" when she was charged with manslaughter.
About 150 people marched to the Dallas police headquarters last week to protest Jean's death along with that of Jorge Olguin, who was allegedly killed by a security guard after a dispute at a family party earlier this month. Jean reportedly graduated from Harding University, a private Christian institution in Arkansas in 2016, and was working as an associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas.
Jean's funeral was held on September 13 where hundreds of people filed in to pay the respects to the 26-year-old’s life and legacy. Jean’s funeral was moved to the Greenville Avenue Church of Christ in Richardson, to accommodate the crowd.