Dallas police fire officer who fatally shot man in his apartment

Flats in Dallas Sept. 7 2018

Flats in Dallas Sept. 7 2018

A white police officer accused of fatally shooting her black neighbor inside his own apartment was sacked Monday for "adverse conduct", the Dallas Police Department said in a statement.

Renee Hall said in a statement the department had dismissed Office Amber Guyger after almost five years on the job for her actions on the night of the shooting earlier in September, and for engaging in "adverse conduct" when she was arrested for manslaughter.

The case will be presented to a grand jury, which will decide whether to indict Guyger for manslaughter or a different charge. Reneé Hall said in a written statement the department shared on Twitter. Lawyers for Jean's family also questioned why it took three days for Guyger to be charged and why Guyger was so quick to use deadly force in her encounter with Jean.

A funeral for Jean was planned for Monday in his native Saint Lucia, Dallas media reported.

Guyger claims she mistakenly walked into Jean's apartment thinking it was her own on the night of September 6, when she was approached by Jean and fatally shot him.

Guyger mistook Jean's the unit for her own, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.




She told investigators that she had just ended a shift when she returned in uniform to the South Side Flats apartment complex.

Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, who killed Botham Shem Jean after entering his apartment, was sacked Monday. She reportedly said the door was slightly ajar when she placed the key with an electronic chip into the keyhole, causing the door to open further.

But according to an affidavit for a search warrant Jean "confronted the officer at the door".

When she turned on the lights, she realized she was in the wrong unit, according to the document, which appeared to be based nearly entirely upon the officer's account.

Guyger can appeal her termination, according to Hall's statement. 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.

However, for many, the decision is almost three weeks too late, eroding an already tumultuous relationship between law enforcement and vulnerable communities that have been disproportionally impacted in police shootings.

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