A white police officer who killed her black neighbor in Dallas after mistakenly entering his apartment instead of her own has been fired, department officials announced Monday.
Guyger told investigators that she shot 26-year-old Botham Jean on September 6 after she mistakenly entered what she believed was her apartment in the same complex and saw someone she thought was a burglar. Dallas PD says they determined Guyger engaged in "adverse conduct" - and she was officially fired Monday morning.
The Dallas County district attorney has expressed a desire to present the case to a grand jury - which, as KERA notes, could result in stiffer charges. I don't want to interfere with the on-going criminal investigation into her actions, ' she said.
"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", Lee expressed.
The decision to fire Guyger came after an internal review, which Guyger can appeal the decision, police said. Guyger allegedly gave verbal commands, because she believed her apartment was being burglarized, and then drew her weapon and fired twice, the affidavit said.
On Sept. 14, protesters rallied from the Dallas Police Department, near the apartments where Guyger shot Jean, to downtown.More news: Senate Judiciary Chairman Releases Kavanaugh Statement — GRASSLEY SPEAKS
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Police executed multiple search warrants at Botham Jean's apartment in the aftermath of the killing, and investigators said they found several items, including a small amount of marijuana, FOX4 News reported.
As she navigates in slow motion, trying to gain clarity about what really happened to her son, Allison Jean is committed to pushing forward to gain justice for his death.
Ms Guyger 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. Before she was sacked, she "remained on the city payroll on administrative leave", The Texas Tribune reports. Jean died at a local hospital of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Dallas County Medical Examiner's office, which ruled his death a homicide.
The shooting sparked days of protest.