By Frederick H. Lowe
Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall today fired police officer Amber Guyger for shooting to death Botham Shem Jean after she mistakenly entered his apartment thinking it was hers and he was a burglar.
Chief Hall said over Twitter that an Internal Affairs investigation was held today, September 24, and it was determined that Guyger engaged in “adverse conduct” when she was arrested for manslaughter.
Officer Guyger was terminated for her actions, Chief Hall added. Guyger can appeal her dismissal.
Robert Rogers, Guyger’s attorney, called his client’s firing premature and unfair. Rogers claimed Hall bowed to pressure from “anti-police groups” and took action before all the facts had been gathered.
Guyger walked into the unlighted apartment and saw a silhouette figure. She thought she had interrupted a burglar and issued verbal commands that were not followed. Guyger than fired two shots from her service revolver hitting the man in the chest.
Neighbors heard Jean, the apartment’s rightful resident, scream, “why did you do that?” He later died a Baylor University Medical Center on September 6, the day of the shooting.
Guyger was charged with manslaughter and released from jail on a $300,000 bond. Her release angered Jean’s family, their lawyer and others including members of Black Lives Matter who thought she should have been forced to remain in jail and charged with murder.
Protesters demonstrated at a Dallas Cowboys game, calling for Guyger’s arrest. Police arrested the protesters and they remained in jail longer than Guyger.
Jean and Guyger both lived in South Side Flats, an apartment building. Guyger, who was wearing her police uniform, said she had finished her shift. She went to the wrong apartment after parking on the wrong floor of the garage, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Jean’s and Guyger’s apartments are numbered the same, but her apartment was on the third floor and Jean’s apartment was on the fourth with red doormat at the front door. Neighbors heard Guyger pounding on the door, yelling, “Let me in. Let me in.”
Guyger has since moved out the building.
Jean, 26, grew up in Castries, Saint Lucia. He attended college at Harding University, a private Christian university in Searcy, Arkansas, where he earned degrees in accounting and business systems. He was recently buried in Saint Lucia.
He also was a member of the Good News Singers. He graduated in 2016. Jean had been working as an intern in risk assurance for accounting at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, an international accounting and consulting firm with offices in Dallas.