The Dallas Police Department on Monday fired officer Amber Guyger, weeks after she fatally shot her neighbor Botham Jean, 26, in his own apartment after an internal review of the incident.
The Dallas Police Department said in a statement that Police Chief U. Renee Hall fired Guyger during a disciplinary hearing. Guyger can appeal the decision, the statement noted.
An Internal Affairs investigation concluded that the officer “engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for Manslaughter,” the chief’s Tweet read.
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Court records show Guyger said she thought she had encountered a burglar inside her own home.
Guyger was arrested and charged with manslaughter days after the shooting. She is currently out on bond.
According to the Tampa Bay Times:
She told investigators that she had just ended a shift when she returned in uniform to the South Side Flats apartment complex.
When she put her key in the apartment door, which was unlocked and slightly ajar, it opened, the affidavit said. Inside, the lights were off, and she saw a figure in the darkness that cast a large silhouette across the room, according to the officer’s account.
She called 911. When asked where she was, she returned to the front door to see she was in the wrong unit, according to the affidavit. The 911 tapes have not been released.