A white police officer accused of fatally shooting her black neighbor inside his own apartment was fired Monday for “adverse conduct,” the Dallas Police Department said in a statement.
Police Chief U. Renee Hall dismissed Officer Amber Guyger during a hearing Monday, according to the statement posted on Twitter .
Guyger has been charged with manslaughter in the Sept. 6 shooting that left 26-year-old Botham Jean dead. Court records show Guyger said she thought she had encountered a burglar inside her own home. She turned herself in three days later and is currently out on bond.
“An Internal Affairs investigation concluded that on September 9, 2018, Officer Guyger #10702, engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for Manslaughter,” the statement said. It doesn’t explain what that violation means.
She said when she put her key in the apartment door, which was unlocked and slightly ajar, it opened, according to the affidavit. Inside, the lights were off, and she saw a figure in the darkness that cast a large silhouette across the room, according to the officer’s account.
She called 911. When asked where she was, she returned to the front door to see she was in the wrong unit, according to the affidavit. The 911 tapes have not been released.
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The family of Botham Jean has accused cops on Thursday of smearing the victim ever since an off-duty cop fatally shot him killing him in his own apartment.
Officer Amber Guyger entered the apartment, “mistook” his apartment complex for hers and fired two shots after accusing the victim that he was in her apartment where they both lived, police said.
Police have then released an affidavit stating officers searched his apartment and found marijuana among other things. The document does not indicate to whom the items belong to.
The search warrant listed items recovered such as two bullet casings, a police backpack and vest, and also 10.4 grams of marijuana with a metal marijuana grinder.
“The Police Department Investigators were interested specifically in finding information that could help assassinate his character,” attorney Lee Merritt told reporters. “To see common assassination, attempt on the victim that we often see in law enforcement involved shootings,” he added.
Allison Jean, the mother of Botham states “I’m calling on the Dallas officials … please come clean. Give me justice for my son because he does not deserve what he got.”
Guyger was charged with manslaughter in the killing of Botham Jean and has since been released on $300,000 bond.
Dallas District Attorney Faith Johnson has said the manslaughter charge against Guyger could be upgraded when her office presents the case to the grand jury.
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