- Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall officially fired Amber Guyger on Monday for the fatal shooting of a man in his own apartment.
Guyger, who's white, fatally shot unarmed 26-year-old Botham Jean in his apartment on September 6 after she returned home in uniform from a shift. DPD tweeted a news release that said she was sacked after an internal investigation found she had engaged in "adverse conduct" when charged with manslaughter.
Under civil service rules, Guyger has the right to appeal the termination.
The Dallas Police Department called on the Texas Rangers to take over the investigation "to eliminate the appearance of any potential bias", the police department said in a news release.
Botham Jean was scheduled to be laid to rest in his native St. Lucia on Monday.
But Hall seems to have cast aside this reasoning, opting to fire Guyger while the criminal investigation is still ongoing.
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An independent investigation is being conducted by the Dallas County district attorney's office to present a case to the grand jury that will determine Guyger's fate once she is called to court.
Guyger entered Jean's apartment allegedly thinking it was her own, then shot its occupant, who was black and unarmed. Still in her uniform, Guyger parked on the fourth floor of the complex and walked to what she believed was her apartment, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. She reportedly said the door was slightly ajar when she placed the key with an electronic chip into the keyhole, causing the door to open further. She lived in the unit directly below Jean in South Side Flats in Dallas and moved out this month.
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. Before she was sacked, she "remained on the city payroll on administrative leave", The Texas Tribune reports.
Reports reveal the Guyger turned herself into the police three days after the shooting occurred.
Guyger said she concluded her apartment was being burglarized and gave verbal commands to the person, who ignored them. An earlier search warrant contradicts that narrative, saying that Jean was found dead closer to the door.