Police named Guyger Saturday as the off-duty officer who shot and killed Botham Jean Thursday night after she says that she mistakenly went to the wrong apartment and encountered him. Online records initially showed Guyger was in custody, but she later was not listed on the jail inmate roster.
The news of Guyger's arrest broke on the evening of September 9, 2018 after two days of confusion about whether Guyger, 30, would face charges in the freaky shooting death of Botham Shem Jean, a Saint Lucian man who moved to America to attend a Christian college and later got a job in risk assessment for a prominent company in Dallas.
Amber Guyger, 30, who has been with the department for nearly five years, was not indicted in the 2017 shooting of the suspect who had taken her Taser from her during a struggle. However, the Texas Department of Public Safety Texas Rangers are ensuring that "transparency" is maintained throughout the investigation, Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall said.
"Texas Rangers released her moments ago".
"Botham Jean was exactly the sort of citizen we want to have in the city of Dallas", Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings told reporters at a press conference Saturday. "Botham loved everyone, and everyone loved him". "Botham wanted all of us to unite", said his mother Allison Jean.
"We acknowledge that police officers have a risky job but that does not excuse infringing on the rights of private citizens in their own homes", according to a statement released Sunday by the African American pastors group.
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Merritt had previously claimed that Guyger, a four-year veteran, wasn't being eyed for manslaughter charges because of her status as a cop.
Police say Guyger had just finished her 12-hour shift and entered what she believed was her own apartment at the South Side Flats.
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Hall said she did not know whether race was a factor in Jean's death and asked the public for patience as investigators do their work.
Guyger told responding officers she mistook Jean's apartment for her own.
"She took away my heart, she took away my soul, she took away everything", she said.
Botham Jean attended Harding University in Arkansas and, after graduating in 2016, he had been living and working in Dallas at accounting and consulting firm PwC.
Sen. West said that "for some unusual reason, the door was open and [the officer] was able to gain entry into the apartment". Guyger fired her Taser at Perez, who then took her Taser from her. Guyger pulled her gun and fired, wounding Perez in the abdomen.
Botham, who worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas, died at a hospital, police said.
Jean described himself on LinkedIn as a "young professional, engaged in developing a career built upon integrity, dedication and relationships, leveraging useful technologies to gain an understanding of and add value in a range (of) industries, striving towards leadership in my career, my community and society".
Jean's mother, Allison, suggested in an interview on Friday that her son might still be alive if he was white.
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'You want to think it's fiction. and you have to grapple with the reality, ' he said. Guyger allegedly entered an apartment she thought was hers, and killed a man she didn't recognize, Dallas' FOX 4 reported.