Texas Cop Who Fatally Shot Man After Entering Wrong Apartment Identified

Texas Cop Who Fatally Shot Man After Entering Wrong Apartment Identified

The officer fatally shot Botham Jean, 26, after entering Jean's apartment at the South Side Flats, mistaking the unit for her own, police said.

Online records initially showed Guyger was in custody, but she later was not listed on the jail inmate roster.

Allison Jean, the mother of 26-year-old Botham Jean, wondered whether race was a factor when the officer shot and killed her son after she returned home in uniform from her shift on Thursday night.

Guyger was arrested three days after the incident after the Texas Rangers made a decision to postpone pursuing a warrant "until they could follow up on information that they received from the interview with the officer". The department had requested a warrant on Friday.

Guyger is now on administrative leave and has yet to be arrested for killing 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean, who was described by loved ones as warm, cheerful and loved to sing. As you can imagine, the police confirmation of Guyger's name followed several days of criticism of the department for not identifying the officer sooner.

The Dallas Police Department called on the Texas Rangers to take over the investigation "to eliminate the appearance of any potential bias", the police department said in a news release.

She posted $300,000 (£232,000) bail, ABC reported, and has been released.

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A lawyer for Jean's family said Saturday after a prayer vigil at a Dallas church that an arrest warrant should be issued for the officer. "Botham loved everyone, and everyone loved him".

Jean's mother, Allie Jean, who lives in St. Lucia and has been visiting with a daughter this week in Brooklyn, New York, said that she wants to forgive the officer and has a question for her: Why?

Amber Guyger, 30, who has been with the department for nearly five years, was not indicted in the 2017 shooting of the suspect who had taken her Taser from her during a struggle.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Guyger's arrest was announced as Jean's family and their attorneys say they met with Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson to demand the officer's arrest. He described Jean as an "amazing individual" and said that "if the grand jury deems necessary, this officer should have to answer for her actions in a court of law in Dallas County".

'Right now, there are more questions than we have answers, ' Hall told a news conference.

Hall said that her department was in the process of obtaining a manslaughter warrant for the officer Friday, but the Rangers asked police to "hold off" on the warrant.

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Last year, Guyger shot a man who allegedly tried to take away her Taser.

"She's a very religious woman and her view on this was amazingly graceful and peaceful", he added.

"This is a awful tragedy".

Chief Hall said she has been in contact with Jean's family and offered her condolences.

Jean graduated in 2016 with a degree in accounting and management information systems from Harding University, where Bertram Jean said his son got the Arkansas school to send students to St. Lucia over the summer to do charity work.

Jean was listed on LinkedIn as a risk assurance experienced associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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