Dallas police officer Amber Guyger fired after being charged with manslaughter for shooting dead her black neighbour after walking into wrong apartment


A US cop who gunned down her black neighbour inside his own flat after “mistaking it for her home” has been fired by her bosses.

Dallas Police Department announced Amber Guyger’s sacking on Monday saying she had “engaged in adverse conduct” following her arrest for manslaughter.

Cop Amber Guyger has now lost her job after she fatally shot 26-year-old Botham Jean
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Botham Shem Jean died on 6 September, after Guyger entered his home in the building where they both lived.

The police officer entered the apartment after finding the door ajar, and saw Mr Jean, 26, in the darkness as a “large silhouette”, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

She said she gave verbal commands that he ignored, so she opened fire while still wearing her police uniform.

The 30-year-old is currently out on £230,000 bail, pending a criminal trial.

The 26-year-old accountant, Botham Jean, lived next door and was shot dead in his own home
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Dallas Police Chief U Renee Hall terminated her employment during a hearing on Monday although she has the right to appeal.

Court records show Ms Guyger had just finished a 15-hour shift when she parked in the wrong garage before making what was apparently a tragic error.

She was booked into the Kaufman County Jail in Dallas, Texas, following the fatal shooting before being released on bail.

The 30-year-old – the sole female on an elite crime response team of 10 officers who make high-risk arrests – faces up to 20 years in prison if she is convicted of the manslaughter.

Grant Jean, 15, and his mother Allison Jean, who are the brother and mother of Botham Jean mourn with another churchgoer during a prayer service for Jean at the Dallas West Church of Christ on Sunday
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According to police, she told police dispatchers she had mistaken the accountant’s apartment at South Side Flats for hers and believed he was an intruder.

The shooting victim’s mother, Allison, has since suggested that her son might still be alive if he were white.

“I didn’t know she was white until now. If it was a white man would it have been different? Would she have reacted differently?” she told KXAS.

Allison, who has held government posts in St. Lucia, where she lives and where her son grew up, said her son’s death “just feels like a nightmare.”

The unnamed officer apparently mistook the victim for a burglar because she wrongly thought she was in her own house
The officer apparently mistook the victim for a burglar because she wrongly thought she was in her own house

Jean’s family have hired attorney Benjamin Crump, who is best known for representing the families of shooting victims Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

Guyger, who has been with the force for four years, reportedly moved into the building in the last two months.

A neighbour captured the moments after the shooting, with footage showing a female officer in uniform tearfully pacing up and down a hallway in the block.

Botham Jean leading worship at a university presidential reception in Dallas in September 2017
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She can be heard screaming: “Oh God!” into her phone before disappearing from view.

Dallas police on Saturday revealed Guyger had worked for Dallas Police Department for four years on the Southeast Patrol Division.

“She is devastated,” a Dallas police officer close to Guyger told Dallas News after the shooting.

“She is so, so sorry for this family.”

Jean wasn’t the first person shot by Guyger – she shot another man, Uvaldo Perez, while on duty in May 2017 – although she was never charged.

Perez, 47, was hit once in the abdomen, but survived and was sentenced to two years on drugs charges.

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