Amber Guyger, the off-duty Dallas police officer who fatally shot a man in his apartment after mistaking it for her own residence was arrested Sunday and charged with manslaughter.
The incident occurred on Thursday, September 5, when Guyger finished her shift and returned home to South Side Flats, where she had an apartment. A strange mistake proved to be fatal, however.
“A female Dallas police officer returned to what she believed to be her apartment after her shift ended – she was still in uniform when she encountered Mr. [Botham Shem] Jean inside the apartment,” said Dallas Police Chief Ulysha Renee Hall.
There was an unclear “interaction” between Guyger and Jean before “she fired her weapon striking the victim.” Guyger then dialed 911 but Jean died at the hospital from his wounds.
Jean was a 26-year-old black man who worked as a risk assurance experienced associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas. He was a 2016 graduate of Harding University in Arkansas, earning a bachelor’s degree.
“He had no criminal history. He was an amazing student. He was an amazing citizen. He loved God,” said the family’s attorney co-counsel Benjamin Crump.
“We are still dealing in American with black people being killed in some of the most arbitrary ways, driving while black, walking while black and now we have to add living while black.”
The investigation into the incident has been handed over to the Texas Rangers, the state law enforcement agency, in order to “eliminate the appearance of any potential bias.”
“At the very early stages of this investigation – initial indications were that they were what we consider circumstances of an officer-involved shooting,” said Chief Hall. “However, as we continued this investigation it became clear that we were dealing with what appears to be a much different and very unique situation.”
Hall said that blood was taken from Guyger to test for drugs and alcohol.
The 30-year-old Dallas officer is a four-year veteran of the department. In May 2017, Guyger was involved in another shooting that injured a suspect who attempted to take her taser.
The suspect was charged with taking a weapon from an officer, possession of meth and marijuana and a parole violation. Guyger was not accused of any wrongdoing.