A Dallas grand jury has indicted a former Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger for murder. Guyger allegedly shot and killed Botham Jean, an unarmed black male at his apartment on September 6.
Guyger shot and killed Jean in his apartment after returning from a late night shift. According to Guyger’s arrest affidavit, she entered Jean’s apartment thinking that she was entering her own apartment and that she shot and killed Jean because she thought he was an intruder in her apartment. Guyger’s apartment was actually located on the floor directly above Jean’s apartment. After shooting Jean, Guyger called 911, first responders showed up and rushed Jean to Baylor Medical Center where he later died due to the gunshot wound.
Three days after the shooting Guyger was arrested and charged with manslaughter but remained on the city and department’s payroll until September 24th. Guyger was fried from the Dallas Polie Department following an Internal affairs investigation.
Ever since the shooting, there has been a discussion about whether Guyger could have actually thought that she was in her own apartment, and if she was justified in using deadly force as a police officer, giving that Jean was in his own apartment. The public has also lashed out through social media outlets for waiting three weeks to fire Guyger.
In the arrest affidavit, Guyger states that the door was “slightly ajar” and that the interior was dark when she entered, so she was unable to see that it was the wrong apartment. Guyger continued by stating that she drew her service pistol when she saw a “silhouette” in the apartment, gave verbal commands that went ignored, at that time she fired two shots, with one hitting Jean in the torso.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Jean’s mother and sister took the stand before the grand jury this week, but little else is known about what evidence was presented.
“You see, the one person who cannot speak is Botham,” Jean’s mother, Allison Jean, told reporters at WFAA. “He’s the one that I would have depended on for the answers.”
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