Police Officer Amber Guyger is charged with manslaughter in death of Botham Jean

The Dallas police officer who killed 26-year-old Botham Jean in his own apartment got inside because the door wasn’t locked, a law enforcement official said Sunday.

Officer Amber Guyger had just ended a 15-hour shift when she parked on the wrong level of the South Side Flats garage— the fourth floor instead of the third, where she lived, according to the official who has direct knowledge of the case but is not authorized to discuss it publicly.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings also said Sunday that Guyger parked on the wrong floor.

She went to the door she thought was hers but was one floor too high. The four floors of the South Side Flats in the Cedars look the same, with concrete floors and tan doors. A light fixture to the side of each door displays the apartment number.

Guyger, 30, was arrested Sunday on a manslaughter charge and was booked into the Kaufman County Jail. The Texas Rangers are investigating the case at the request of Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall. In the last year, juries have sentenced two police officers in Dallas County to prison time after convicting them of murder.

The night of the shooting, Guyger didn’t notice that Jean’s door had a red doormat in front of it, the official said. Her entrance didn’t have one.

Guyger, who was still in uniform, put her key in the door, which was unlocked, and the door opened, the official said. The lights were out. She saw a figure in the darkness and thought her apartment was being burglarized, the official said. Guyger pulled her gun and fired twice.

When she turned on the lights, she realized she was in the wrong apartment. Jean, who worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, was shot once in the chest.

Authorities have said Guyger and Jean, a native of Saint Lucia in the Caribbean, did not know each other. Guyger, a nearly five-year veteran of the Police Department, had recently moved into the complex.

Guyger called 911 crying, the official said. She repeatedly said, “I thought it was my apartment” and apologized to Jean.

“I’m so sorry,” she can be heard saying on the recording of the 911 call, the official said. Police arrived within four minutes.

A video taken by someone at the apartment complex shows Guyger in the hallway crying and pacing with a phone to her ear.

The video shows paramedics rushing by with Jean on a stretcher as a paramedic kneels on top of him, performing chest compressions.

Jean, who is remembered as someone who “loved mankind,” was pronounced dead at Baylor University Medical Center.

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  5. Amber Guyger appear at a pre-trial hearing in Dallas County.


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  18. I know darn well she didn’t say anything racial?


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  22. Breaking………


  23. .@DallasPD A killer cop was released in one hour after killing a man in his own home but Black non violent, unarmed protesters were kept in jail for 2 nights. See how they are when it comes to Black lives?


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  39. Liza says:

    They decided the door being ajar is best for the official fictitious narrative because the door would just simply open when she pushed against it with the key.

    So Mr. Jean was silhouetting around his apartment in total darkness with his door slightly ajar when she arrived unexpectedly? How convenient for her.

    Changing stories generally mean someone is lying.


  40. rikyrah says:

    Wait a minute. She had a dog? Every hour these revisions to her original story get worse. Normally at this point if she wasn’t a police officer wouldn’t the police be saying she can’t get her story straight? Black folk doing life on fewer “revisions” than in her story.

    — BMLewis (@BMLewis2) September 11, 2018


  41. Liza says:

    There is no part of the cop’s story that I believe except that she shot and killed a man.

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  44. Hey, Chicas!

    Mythe says he is the one that didnt want to indict Amber Guyger at all and was fighting with the DA.


  45. Texas Ranger David Armstrong……………searched dead man, Botham Jean computer….


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    Stalker or intentional hit.

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    • Liza says:

      Also seems to indicate she knew the residence was occupied and not her apartment which I believe to be true. SHE WAS NOT GOING TO HER APARTMENT. There was no MISTAKE.

      Only question is why did she want this young man dead. And did she have accomplices.


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  52. Lies all over the place….

    First the door was locked and then unlocked, the room was dark, saw silhouette heading for her in dark apartment, he didn’t obey commands and then man swung open the door and she shot him.

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  55. Look y’all. Texas Rangers searched the victim’s home. Why is the victim #BothamShemJean being investigated? The police officer #AmberGuyger was in his home and had no business being there.


    • eliihass says:

      For the same reason they didn’t test the murderous adult who shot and killed a kid for no reason, but drug-tested the dead minor kid, Trayvon Martin, lying in a pool of his own blood on a residential street…

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  57. I’m thinking if she wasn’t drunk or high on drugs that maybe this was a hit. Premeditated. j/s


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  59. 2 different stories. First story was the door was locked and now the story has changed to door was unlocked. Which is it?


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