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Dallas officer who killed neighbor in his apartment is fired by department

Family of man shot in own home speaks out
Botham Jean's family says doormat distinguished his home from others 03:33

A white police officer who shot and killed her black neighbor in his apartment was fired by the Dallas Police Department on Monday. Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall fired Amber Guyger after an internal investigation determined the former officer "engaged in adverse conduct" when she was arrested on manslaughter charges, according to a news release.

Earlier this month, Guyger, a 4-year veteran of the force, was arrested in the Sept. 6 shooting of 26-year-old Botham Jean. She told investigators she confused Jean's apartment for her own and that the door was slightly ajar, according to an arrest affidavit.

She said she mistook Jean for an intruder and fired two shots when Jean ignored her verbal commands, the affidavit said. She said she didn't realize she was in the wrong apartment until she turned the lights on and called 911. Jean later died at a local hospital after suffering a single gunshot wound to the torso.

Some neighbors disputed Guyger's account, telling Jean's attorneys they heard knocking followed by a woman's voice saying, "Let me in. Let me in."

Lee Merritt, a lawyer for the Jean family, said they were told about Hall's plans to fire Guyger on Sunday. His office said Hall explained that a premature suspension could have compromised the criminal case against Guyger.

"The Jean family expressed satisfaction in this explanation and in Guyger's termination. We see it as an initial victory — well received on the day Botham Jean is laid to rest in his native country in St. Lucia," Merritt's office said in a statement, adding that they are committed to see a "proper murder indictment, conviction and appropriate sentencing."

In a statement, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said he agrees with the department's decision to fire Guyger. "The swift termination of any officer who engages in misconduct that leads to the loss of innocent life is essential if the Dallas Police Department is to gain and maintain the public trust."

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