On Monday morning (Sept. 24), the Dallas Police Department announced the termination of Amber Guyger, the officer responsible for the fatal shooting of Botham Shem Jean. In a statement published to Twitter, Police Chief U. Renee Hall said the decision was based on Guyger’s “adverse conduct.”
“Officer Guyger was terminated for her actions,” the statement reads. “She was hired in November 2013 and was assigned to the Southeast Patrol Division. Under civil service rules, Officer Guyger has the right to appeal her discipline.”
— Dallas Police Dept (@DallasPD) September 24, 2018
On Sept. 6, Guyger entered an apartment she believed to be her own, claiming that the door was ajar. The off-duty officer then noticed someone “she perceived to be a silhouette” and shouted commands at the figure, according to the victim’s mother, Allison Jean’s lawyer Lee Merritt. Guyger, 30, then opened fire and killed the beloved 26-year-old who she believed was an intruder.
An investigation into the incident later revealed that Guyger mistook Jean’s apartment for her own, leading followers of the story to believe this was no accident. Jean lived one floor above Guyger. Dallas News reports she was charged with manslaughter.
“She could have retreated…She could have used some other form of force,” Merritt said to Buzzfeed News’ AM to DM. “There was no justification such as, ‘And then the person came toward me, or acted aggressively, and I feared for my life.’ It’s just absent from her explanation.” Residents of that apartment complex each receive an electronic key for their respective spaces. In various reports, the door being ajar upon Guyger’s arrival might be disputed following a recent video. Investigators will also look into the electronic key system to determine whether or not Guyger is trying to cover up her actions.
— AM to DM by BuzzFeed News (@AM2DM) September 20, 2018