Officer accused in shooting death of neighbor fired by Dallas Police Dept.

Larry Hoffman
September 24, 2018

Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer who was off duty when she killed her neighbor, Botham Jean, in his own apartment, was sacked by Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall on Monday morning.

A Dallas police officer was arrested Sunday on a manslaughter warrant in the shooting of a black man at his home, Texas authorities said.

Ms Guyger is now out on bail, pending a criminal trial.

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

Police Chief U. Reneé Hall had been under public pressure for weeks to fire Guyger, who had been with the department since 2013.

Jean family attorneys and protesters have called for her firing following the shooting.

Police had been criticised for not immediately identifying the officer that killed Jean, who the mayor called a "model citizen".

Guyger fatally shot Botham Jean earlier this month in his residence.

Jean, 26, grew up on the Caribbean island of St Lucia and went on to work for the professional services giant PricewaterhouseCoopers. Hall also said that an internal investigation could "potentially compromise the criminal investigation". She then drew her weapon and fired twice at Jean, the affidavit said.

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.

Demonstrators march around AT&T Stadium ahead of a September 16 Dallas Cowboys game to protest the recent killings of two black men by law enforcement.

The case will be presented to a grand jury, which will decide whether to indict Guyger for manslaughter or a different charge. The Dallas County District Attorney's office is also conducting its own investigation.

This is a developing story and will be updated. Check back for more details.

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