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Dallas police fire officer who fatally shot man in his own apartment

24 September 2018

The Dallas Police Department announced Monday that it has fired Amber Guyger, a white, female police officer accused of shooting and killing her black neighbor, Botham Jean, after allegedly mistaking his apartment for her own.

She was terminated after a hearing Monday morning.

Police said in a news release that she was sacked after an internal investigation found she had engaged in "adverse conduct" when she was charged with manslaughter.

Guyger was arrested on a manslaughter charge after she shot and killed Jean earlier this month.

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The statement notes that Guyger can appeal her firing. "And instead of investigating the homicide - instead of going into her apartment and seeing what they can find, instead of collecting evidence relevant for the homicide investigation - they went out specifically looking for ways to tarnish the image of this young man".

She said when she put her key in the apartment door, which was unlocked and slightly ajar, it opened, according to the affidavit.

Reports indicate that Guyger realized she was in the wrong apartment only after calling 911 to report the altercation.

Guyger was on the force since 2013.

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Last week, Chief Renee Hall said federal and state laws were preventing her from firing Guyger, though it was unclear what those laws were.

An arrest affidavit prepared by the Texas Rangers provided a narrative of what happened the night Jean was killed.

The case will be presented to a grand jury, which will decide whether to indict Guyger for manslaughter or a different charge. According to DPD's general rules, "The Chief of Police may circumvent all formal disciplinary procedures to render an immediate decision when it deems it necessary to preserve the integrity of the department".

The Dallas County medical examiner's office said Jean died of a gunshot wound to the chest and abdomen.

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Dallas police fire officer who fatally shot man in his own apartment