Dallas police officer accused in neighbor's death fired


The Dallas Police Department has fired officer Amber Guyger, nearly three weeks after she shot and killed her black neighbor in his apartment.

Guyger maintains she shot Jean on September 6 after mistakenly entering his apartment, which was directly above hers. When she opened the door fully, Guyger saw a "large silhouette" across the room and began giving commands, which Jean "ignored", the affidavit said.

But according to an affidavit for a search warrant Jean "confronted the officer at the door". During this call the Chief announced her intent to fire Amber Guyger and offered an explanation for the delay in this action. She posted a $300,000 bond and was quickly released.

Lawyers for the Jean family have called the affadavit "self-serving" and said it contradicts accounts from neighbors in the apartment complex.

The Dallas Police Department says Officer Amber Guyger's employment has been terminated. "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".

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This portrait provided by Harding University in Searcy, Ark., shows Botham Jean.

The victim's mother Allison Jean said she wants to see the toxicology report for the off-duty officer to determine if any drugs were in her system at the time of the shooting.

"We're looking at every conceivable, possible thing that we can look at to be able to bring this case to the grand jury", District Attorney Faith Johnson told NPR's Here & Now last week. Her chief of staff, Thomas Taylor, said that an administrative investigation was on hold until a criminal investigation into Guyger was complete. 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. Jean died at a local hospital of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Dallas County Medical Examiner's office, which ruled his death a homicide.

Mr Jean grew up on the Caribbean island of St Lucia and went on to work for the professional services giant PricewaterhouseCoopers. She then drew her gun and fired, wounding Perez in the abdomen. Her attorneys have said she has been in hiding since.