Dallas police officer Amber Guyger fired over Botham Jean shooting

Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer who fatally shot Botham Shem Jean in his own apartment September 6, was sacked Monday during an internal disciplinary hearing, the Dallas Police Department announced.

Officer Amber Guyger had been dismissed after almost five years on the job for her actions on the night of the shooting earlier in September, Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall said in a statement.

The Dallas County District Attorney's office is still preparing a criminal case to present to a grand jury. "The swift termination of any officer who engages in misconduct that leads to the loss of innocent life is essential if the Dallas Police Department is to gain and maintain the public trust".

One of the family's attorneys, Lee Merritt, said Jean was being buried Monday in St. Lucia.

"I have heard the calls for this action from many, including the Jean family, and I agree that this is right decision in the interest of justice for Botham Jean and the citizens of Dallas", Rawlings said Monday afternoon.

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Investigators told the newspaper that Guyger, who lived on the third floor, used her key with an electronic chip to enter Jean's fourth-floor apartment, but his door wasn't entirely closed, so the officer was able to access the residence exclusively by the force of putting her key inside, according to an arrest warrant affidavit written by the Texas Rangers.

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 had said the door was ajar, but opened under the force of her unique door key, which is outfitted with an electronic chip, the documents said. She described seeing a large silhouette and, believing there was an intruder in her apartment, drew her firearm. Guyger was then placed on administrative leave and 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.

But Hall seems to have cast aside this reasoning, opting to fire Guyger while the criminal investigation is still ongoing. She was arrested three days later. Jean was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

  • Sonia Alvarado