Dallas police officer accused in neighbor’s death fired

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.

The Dallas County District Attorney's Office have requested three warrants for security footage that monitors the townhouses near the apartment where Officer Amber Guyger, 30, shot and killed 26-year-old Botham Jean.

Renee Hall said in a statement the department had dismissed Office Amber Guyger after almost five years on the job for her actions on the night of the shooting earlier in September, and for engaging in "adverse conduct" when she was arrested for manslaughter.

Guyger was a four-year veteran of the police force.

The Associated Press reports that Dallas has let Guyger go, citing the allegations against her, following an internal investigation into Guyger's behavior. She was released on bond shortly after.

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Police said Guyger has told investigators she mistook Jean's residence for her own and shot him, believing he was an intruder. During this call the Chief announced her intent to fire Amber Guyger and offered an explanation for the delay in this action.

"As Botham Shem Jean's family has his home-going service in St. Lucia this week, this announcement of Amber Guyger's termination from the Dallas Police Department is bittersweet for Botham's family", the Jean family's attorneys, Ben Crump, Lee Merritt and Daryl Washington, said in a statement.

On Sept. 14, protesters rallied from the Dallas Police Department, near the apartments where Guyger shot Jean, to downtown. She then drew her weapon and fired twice at Jean, the affidavit said. When she opened the door, she saw the interior was almost completely dark, according to the affidavit.

Guyger is charged with manslaughter.

Guyger 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. An earlier search warrant contradicts that narrative, saying that Jean was found dead closer to the door. She told the city council's Public Safety Committee that she is ending the 72-hour wait period for obtaining statements from officers who are involved in shootings.

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