Amber Renee Guyger, a Dallas police officer, has been taken into police custody and booked into the Kaufman County Jail after an embarrassing mishap that led to the death of Botham Jean.
The suspect was formerly a well-respected member of the police force. The victim, 26-year-old Botham Jean, was also a beloved member of the community. Dallas Police Sargent Mike Mata described the victim as an “amazing individual.” The fatal misunderstanding occurred when Officer Guyger was returning home from a long day at work. Still in uniform, Guyger returned to the South Side Flats where she resides. She attempted to enter into Jean’s apartment, mistaking it for her own, and was shocked to discover the “intruder” inside. Assuming the suspect was illegally in her apartment, she discharged her firearm.
Officer Guyger immediately reported the shooting to her police department. She informed the responding officers that she had mistaken the victim’s apartment as her own and fatally shot him. The officer’s blood was drawn at the scene for further analysis. Investigations are still ongoing.
The officer was not immediately arrested. Jean’s family promptly hired lawyers to help assist them with their case, and they have been calling for the officer’s arrest. While they believe she is owed her due process rights, they believe the officer is being given favorable treatment because she wasn’t immediately arrested.
Days later, on September 9, Guyger was arrested for manslaughter. She quickly posted a $300,000 bond and was released from custody. Public reports also indicate Guyger was involved in another shooting back in 2017 that she was never charged for.