Amber Guyger — the Dallas Police Department officer who recently killed 26-year-old Botham Jean in his apartment — has now been fired.
On Monday, the DPD tweeted that chief U. Renee Hall fired Guyger, who is currently being investigated by the Texas Ranger Division for shooting and killing Botham Shem Jean earlier this month.
“An Internal Affairs investigation concluded that on September 9, 2018, Officer Guyger, #10702, engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for Manslaughter. Officer Guyger was terminated for her actions. ” Hall stated. “Under civil service rules, Officer Guyger has the right to appeal her discipline.”
Botham Jean’s death at the hands of Guyger became a source of national outrage as more details emerged. Initially, Guyger told investigators she walked into his fourth-floor apartment, thinking it was her own apartment on the floor directly below, and killed Jean under the assumption that he was an intruder. However, the Jean family attorney disputes that account, saying neighbors in the apartment complex witnessed Amber Guyger banging on Jean’s door.
“They heard knocking down the hallway followed by a woman’s voice that they believe to be officer Guyger saying, ‘Let me in. Let me in,’ ” said attorney Lee Merritt.
The Dallas Police Department obtained a search warrant for Jean’s apartment the same day as the shooting, and told local news outlets that officers had found a small amount of marijuana in his home. Merritt called the search warrant and reports of marijuana a “smear” against Jean.
Botham Shem Jean was a native of St. Lucia, who worked in the financial industry and who volunteered as a worship leader at his local church.
“We all in St. Lucia are extremely proud of Botham, what he represented and how he represented St. Lucia,” St. Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said.
Nick Jewell is a freelance political writer, and a proud resident of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.