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Dallas police chief terminates officer who fatally shot man in his apartment

Dallas police chief terminates officer who fatally shot man in his apartment

The Dallas Police Department on Monday fired a white police officer who is facing a manslaughter charge after allegedly shooting a black neighbour in his apartment and claiming she mistook it for her own.

Amber Guyger was charged with manslaughter in connection with the September 6 shooting death of 26-year-old Botham Jean.

The Dallas Police Department said in a statement that Guyger was sacked after an internal investigation concluded she had engaged in "adverse conduct".

A four-year veteran of the department, Guyger has the right to appeal the disciplinary action, according to the tweet. The Dallas County District Attorney's office is also conducting its own investigation.

"As Botham Shem Jean's family has his homegoing service in St. Lucia this week, this announcement of Amber Guyger's termination from the Dallas Police Department is bittersweet for Botham's family". She was booked on manslaughter charges three days later and released on $300,000 bond.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Guyger told police that she had finished a 15-hour shift when she parked her vehicle on the fourth floor of her apartment building instead of the third floor where she lived.

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Guyger has since moved out of the apartment complex.

On Sept. 14, protesters rallied from the Dallas Police Department, near the apartments where Guyger shot Jean, to downtown.

Guyger, who came home from her shift in uniform, said she had mistakenly gone to Jean's apartment one floor above her own and managed to enter because the door was slightly ajar, according to an arrest warrant affidavit posted online by local media. "It says it was dark inside, she saw the silhouette of a man, and she gave him orders that he didn't follow".

On Thursday, Hall said she did not want to risk interfering with a criminal investigation by making a decision about Guyger's employment. Gyger believed she was confronted with an intruder and proceeded to shoot Jean.

She called 911 and, when asked where she was, returned to the front door to see she was in the wrong unit, according to the affidavit. Jean was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

On Sept. 9, Guyger was arrested and charged with manslaughter, as NPR's Bill Chappell and Barbara Campbell reported.


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