Amber Guyger, the Texas police officer who shot and killed neighbor Botham Jean in his Dallas apartment earlier this month, was reportedly fired Monday as she faces manslaughter charges. Authorities said Guyger was returning home from a 15-hour patrol shift around 10 p.m. on September 6 when she parked her vehicle on the wrong level of the parking garage outside the apartment complex, where she and Jean both lived.
In a statement released on Twitter, the department concluded that Guyger "engaged in adverse behavior" when she shot and killed Jean. The Dallas County District Attorney's office is also conducting its own investigation. I don't want to interfere with the on-going criminal investigation into her actions, ' she said.
The newspaper reported that Jean is scheduled to be laid to rest Monday in Saint Lucia.
Entering the darkened apartment, she noticed a figure whom she said she mistook for a burglar and fired twice, striking Jean once in the chest, the affidavit said. She can still appeal her firing.
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Guyger, who is white, was off-duty when she encountered Jean, an unarmed black man, in his apartment, police said. 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.
As she navigates in slow motion, trying to gain clarity about what really happened to her son, Allison Jean is committed to pushing forward to gain justice for his death.
She issued verbal commands, but Jean, being in his own home, did not heed them, and Guyger fired two shots, hitting him once in the torso, the affidavit said. Before she was sacked, she "remained on the city payroll on administrative leave", The Texas Tribune reports. 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.
However, for many, the decision is almost three weeks too late, eroding an already tumultuous relationship between law enforcement and vulnerable communities that have been disproportionally impacted in police shootings. Moments after, Jean was pronounced dead.