Officer named in killing also shot a man in 2017

10 September, 2018, 09:14 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Botham Shem Jean

Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was arrested Sunday night and faces manslaughter charges after she entered the wrong apartment, believing it was hers, and fatally shot a man in his own home.

Guyger was arrested by the Texas Rangers in Kaufman County, Texas on the evening of September 9, 2018, and is being accused of manslaughter, jail records show.

According to an affidavit in the case filed against Perez, police were looking for a suspect when Guyger and another officer were called to assist a third.

Guyger was not charged in the 2017 shooting. A lone gunman who "said he wanted to kill white people, especially white officers", opened fire in July 2016 in the middle of what had otherwise been a peaceful protest over police shootings.

Officer Amber Guyger was booked into the Kaufman County Jail after being taken into custody, the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a news release. Her bond had not yet been set.

DPD's announcement came after an attorney representing Jean's family named Guyger, 30, as the off-duty cop who shot and killed Jean Thursday night.

The Texas Rangers chose to take a slower approach to conducting the investigation, according to Merritt. "This family is upset", Merritt said, standing beside Allison Jean as they faced a half-dozen television cameras at the back of the church auditorium.

An attorney for the family, Lee Merritt speaking after a prayer vigil Saturday for Jean, told media that Guyger should be arrested. The statement also indicated, "They made the decision to postpone pursuing a warrant until they could follow up on information that they received from the interview with the officer".

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said: "Botham Jean was exactly the sort of citizen we want to have in the city of Dallas".

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He says he spoke Saturday with Gov. Greg Abbott, who promised that the Rangers will ensure "justice will be served".

Preliminary information suggests that the officer arrived home in full uniform after working a full shift.

Hall added that a drug/alcohol blood test was conducted on the officer, that a manslaughter warrant was being sought, and that the Dallas Police Department has "invited the Texas Rangers to conduct an independent investigation".

"Right now, there are more questions than answers,"Chief Ulysha Renee Hall said Friday during a press conference".

Police say the officer shot and killed Jean at his home and later said she had mistaken his apartment for her own.

The officer called 911 and officers "responded in about four minutes", Hall said.

Mr Jean is due to be buried on his native St. Lucia on Thursday.

Jean, who grew up on the Caribbean Island of St Lucia and worked as a PricewaterhouseCoopers associate, was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. She then drew her gun and fired, wounding Perez in the abdomen.

The police chief said it isn't clear what "the interaction was between her and the victim". A police spokeswoman declined to comment. "Botham Jean was a member of the PwC family in our Dallas office and we are simply heartbroken to hear of his death", the company said in a statement.

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