The Dallas Police Department has fired Officer Amber Guyger, 30, after she shot and killed Botham Jean, 26, in his own apartment.
The incident sparked national outrage with protesters demonstrating for more than a week after his death.
There were multiple accounts of how the shooting took place and there were frequent discrepancies in Guyger’s recollection of events, prompting confusion and suspicion from many.
Guyger entered Jean’s apartment on the evening of September 6, and claimed that she thought she had entered her own apartment.
She said that she mistook Jean for a burglar in her home and fired twice, hitting him once in the abdomen.
Although Guyger administered emergency aid after shooting Jean, he unfortunately passed away in the hospital.
Initially, Guyger claimed that she attempted to open the apartment door with her key when Jean opened the door, startling her, and prompting her to shoot.
Then, when questioned by rangers some days later, she changed her story and said that the apartment door was already ajar, that she saw a shadow, gave it instructions, and then fired when the figure failed to respond.
Lee Merritt, the civil rights attorney representing Jean’s family, argues that both explanations are implausible.
“Neither of those stories make sense, because it just doesn’t—neither comport with common sense or the reality of the layout of that apartment. Number one, outside of her apartment looks completely different than the apartment of Botham Jean. His apartment has, for example, a big bright red rug there to greet people so that they will know that it’s his apartment. Her apartment didn’t have that rug there. Those doors are sure-shut doors. And so, I’ve been in Mr. Jean’s apartment, I’ve let the door go slowly, and they slam shut every time. And so, the idea that it was somehow mysteriously open, it just doesn’t comport with the mechanics of the apartment.” — Merritt
The family is pursuing a criminal case against Guyger and is hoping for an indictment on charges of murder.
Guyger does retain the right to appeal her dismissal under civil service rules.
Iron Triangle Press will continue to follow this case.