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Grand jury indicts white Dallas police officer for MURDER in shooting death of her black unarmed neighbor 'whose apartment she mistook for her own' {F}

  • Amber Guyger, 30, was indicted Friday on upgraded charge of murder in the September 6 shooting of Botham Jean, 26, in Dallas, Texas
  • She was originally charged by Texas Rangers with less serious count of manslaughter
  • Grand jury heard evidence for two days before voting to indict Guyger  
  • Jean was in his apartment watching football at the time of his death; he was unarmed 
  • Guyger reported that she mistook Jean's apartment for her own and thought she had encountered an intruder on the night of the fatal shooting 
Dallas County DA Faith Johnson announced the indictment against Guyger during a press conference Friday afternoon  

Jean's family attended the press conference and later expressed their satisfaction with the outcome of the grand jury's vote 

The grand jury had the option of indicting Guyger on the original manslaughter count carrying up to 20 years in prison, or not indicting her at all, but in the end, they decided to indict her on the upgraded murder charge. 

If convicted, Guyger could face a sentence of up to a life in prison.  

At Friday's afternoon press conference carried live by WFAA and attended by Jean's family, District Attorney Johnson thanked the grand jury for their hard work and diligence.

When asked by reporters why the jury chose to indict Guyger for murder instead of manslaughter, Johnson said that her prosecutors had presented all the evidence based on more than 300 interviews with witnesses and fully explained the law to the jurors.

Johnson also repeatedly pointed out that it was the Texas Rangers' call, as the agency leading the investigation into the shooting, to file the manslaughter charge at the time of Guyger's arrest, even though she said her office believed it was a murder case 'all along.' 

Guyger told investigators she had mistakenly entered Jean's unit, thinking it was her apartment, and thought she'd encountered an intruder. She has since been fired from the department.

Following Friday's news conference, Jean's parents spoke to reporters, expressing their satisfaction with the outcome of the grand jury's vote, reported Dallas News. 

'I truly believe that she inflicted tremendous evil on my son,' victim's mother Allison Jean said of Guyger. 'I look forward to the next test, which is a conviction of murder of Amber Guyger, and more so of a penalty, a proper penalty so she can reflect on what she has done.' 

The ex-cop remained free on $300,000 bail. A judge on Friday ordered Guyger to surrender her passport and barred her from leaving the state without permission.  

Jean, an accountant, was in his Dallas apartment watching football when Guyger opened fire on him

Jean's family has filed a lawsuit against Guyger and the city of Dallas. 

The lawsuit argues that the police department did not adequately train Guyger, who had ended her shift prior to the shooting. The litigation also argues Guyger was acting under her scope as a Dallas officer during the deadly encounter.

There remains conflicting narratives over what led up to the shooting.

An affidavit prepared by the Texas Rangers said Guyger went to the wrong apartment after ending her shift on September 6. The door, according to the document, was ajar and Guyger opened it.

Inside, the lights were off and a figure in the darkness cast a large silhouette across the room, according to Guyger. She said she thought her apartment was being burglarized and gave verbal commands to the person, who ignored them.

She then pulled out her firearm and shot two times, hitting Jean once in the torso, according to the affidavit. The lawsuit said Guyger did not give emergency aid to Jean following the gunfire.

Guyger reported that she mistook Jean's apartment for her own and thought she had encountered an intruder on the night of the fatal shooting

Lee Merritt, one of the attorneys for Jean's family, cast doubt on Guyger's narrative. Merritt has said that two independent witnesses told him they heard knocking on the door in the hallway before the shooting.

He said one witness reported hearing a woman's voice saying: 'Let me in! Let me in!'

Jean was not the first person shot by the former officer.

Gugyer shot and wounded Uvaldo Perez, on May 12, 2017, while she was on duty. 

An affidavit in the case filed against Perez said police were looking for a suspect when Guyger and another officer were called to assist a third. Perez got out of a car and became combative with Guyger and another officer.

A struggle started and she opened fire after Perez wrestled her Taser away from her.

Gugyer was not charged in that incident. 

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Devastated family of black man who was shot dead by white Dallas cop in his apartment weep as they arrive for his funeral

Amber Guyger Mugshot [Kaufman County Jail] | Botham Shem Jean [Facebook]

Reports have surfaced that Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer who shot and killed Botham Jean, was allegedly given time to able to clear up alarming posts from her social media.
According to Atlanta Black Star, despite being given the opportunity to delete damaging material from her accounts, she forgot to get rid of some of the damaging content that could adversely affect her case.
During an interview with journalist Jordan Chariton for his Status Coup platform, civil rights attorney Lee Merritt — who represents Jean’s family — shared that Guyger neglected to delete a Pinterest account that contains problematic content.

“She bragged about being violent, being short tempered,” said Merritt. “She bragged about use of force and she spoke out adamantly against things like kneeling and said the NFL died of ‘Colin’ [Kaepernick] cancer.”
Guyger also a fan of the “one shot, one kill” policy and boasted people were “lucky” if she made it through a week without killing someone.
Merritt also explained that it’s common practice for police officers under investigation to delete their social media content in order to ensure that their social and political views can’t be used against them.
“It’s quite common in cases of law enforcement officers,” he continued. “And we’re dealing with cases very similar to the murder of Botham where law enforcement officers are given every break, every leeway possible.”

Adding, “They’re given a chance when there’s body camera footage to review that, to craft their narrative around it, [and] to scrub their social media …”

The victim’s parents, Allison and Bertrum Jean have been traveling to Dallas from their home country of St. Lucia to speak with investigators and to ensure justice for their son. But they say that their visits to America that once brought them joy, now “just opened the wound even deeper.”

“I’m afraid Dallas is no longer a pleasure,” Allison Jean told The Dallas Morning News. “I have to do it. I will do it. It is not a place that I wanted to be.”

Bertrum Jean, 54, also explains he’s been too distraught to return to work since his son’s murder.

“I tried it, and it was too emotional for me,” Jean admitted. “Unable to concentrate.”

Maybe next week, he said. “God willing.”

“I am not able to enjoy a meal since it happened. I have no appetite because my son was taken away in such a way,” he continued. “I eat just because I have to eat. But I don’t enjoy a meal anymore, knowing that he could not enjoy what I am enjoying.”

Despite their grief, the couple is doing their best to keep it together for their youngest child, 17-year-old Brandt, who speaks to a Dallas counselor over the phone, and is finding some sort of normalcy by staying in school and going to the gym to relieve stress. The Jean family is also incredibly grateful for the support they’ve received from their loved ones.

“We’ve been rallied around by our friends and relatives and church members,” said Jean. “That has been helping us through this difficult period.”

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'Let me in, let me in!' Witnesses say they heard white Dallas cop knocking on door and shouting before she shot her black neighbor in his apartment, disputing her story Funeral for black man who was shot dead by white Dallas cop in his apartment, family

  • Botham Jean, 26, was shot dead by Amber Guyger on Thursday in Dallas
  • Guyger, a cop, says she mistook his apartment for her own and thought he was an intruder
  • They lived a floor apart but had never met before, his family said on Wednesday 
  • Guyger claimed his door was ajar and lights were off when she arrived at it
  • But his family say he didn't like the dark so would never have turned the lights out and sat in the living room  
  • Neighbors say they heard a woman yelling 'let me in, let me in' before the shots 
  • Guyger was arrested for manslaughter on Sunday but the DA may increase the charge to murder 
  • On Thursday Jean's mourners packed a church for his emotional funeral services- he will be buried in St Lucia
  • A slideshow was played of his life, photos of him smiling as mourners filed past his casket
  • On the lining of his casket- the words 'Going home' with several flying birds were embroidered  

Hundreds of mourners arrived Thursday in Texas for the emotional funeral of Botham Jean, the black man who was killed by a white female cop in his own apartment last week.

Emotional family, friends and members of the community gathered to pay their respects to Jean, who was just 26-years-old when he was fatally shot by Dallas cop Amber Guyger on September 6.

Visitation began at 10am local time with funeral services to begin around noon. The words 'going home' were embroidered into the lining of Jean's coffin. 

His mother Allison was seen arriving with her husband Bertrum and their two surviving children Brandt and Allisa an hour before the ceremony was due to start. 

Mourners filed past Jean's casket, which was kept open, at the Greenville Avenue Church of Christ in Richardson, while a slide show of his life was played. 

The service was opened by pastor Michael Griffin who told the congregation: ‘Bo made us all better. He didn’t see color, he saw love.’  

Heartbreaking: Brandt Jean, Botham Jean's brother cries as he arrives for his sibling's funeral with his mother, Allison Jean

Heartbreaking: Brandt Jean, Botham Jean's brother cries as he arrives for his sibling's funeral with his mother, Allison Jean

People attending dressed in traditional black funeral attire, as well as anti-violence t-shirts. Mourners are seen surrounding his open casket

People attending dressed in traditional black funeral attire, as well as anti-violence t-shirts. Mourners are seen surrounding his open casket

'He was truly a gift from God and he meant the world to me, his spiritual bond with Christ was always at the forefront of his mind'- college friend of Jean, Alexis Stossel 

'He was truly a gift from God and he meant the world to me, his spiritual bond with Christ was always at the forefront of his mind'- college friend of Jean, Alexis Stossel 

Tommy Bush, a business mentor and friend gave a stirring speech about how the young man reached high and was a believer in Christ

Tommy Bush, a business mentor and friend gave a stirring speech about how the young man reached high and was a believer in Christ

Emotional family, friends and members of the community gathered to pay their respects to Jean, who was just 26-years-old when he was fatally shot by Dallas cop Amber Guyger. The victim's sister is seen left

The devastated family of Botham Jean who was shot and killed by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger arrive for his funeral at the Greenville Avenue Church of Christ in Richardson, TX

Support: Botham's sister, Allisa Charles-Findley, is seen left as she arrives at the funeral for her brother

Support: Botham's sister, Allisa Charles-Findley, is seen left as she arrives at the funeral for her brother

Visitation began at 10am local time with funeral services to begin around noon. The words 'going home' were embroidered into the lining of Jean's coffin. Family and friends are pictured above arriving

Visitation began at 10am local time with funeral services to begin around noon. The words 'going home' were embroidered into the lining of Jean's coffin. Family and friends are pictured above arriving

Jean’s funeral was held at the  Greenville Avenue Church of Christ in Richardson, to accommodate the large number of mourners 

Jean's funeral was held at the  Greenville Avenue Church of Christ in Richardson, to accommodate the large number of mourners 

Before the funeral services began at noon mourners filed past Jean's coffin, while a slide show of his life was played in the background 

Before the funeral services began at noon mourners filed past Jean's coffin, while a slide show of his life was played in the background 

Hamilton Landrum, gospel singer, gave a stirring performance for the packed church 

Hamilton Landrum, gospel singer, gave a stirring performance for the packed church 

Guests, who included Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, were encouraged to applaud each other and the family by Griffin who paid tribute to them by telling mourners: ‘The apple don’t fall far from the tree’.

Guests, who included Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, were encouraged to applaud each other and the family by Griffin who paid tribute to them by telling mourners: ‘The apple don’t fall far from the tree’.

Botham Jean's family say he had never met cop Amber Guyger before she shot him dead on Thursday in his apartment
Botham Jean's family say he had never met cop Amber Guyger before she shot him dead on Thursday in his apartment

Botham Jean's family say he had never met cop Amber Guyger before she shot him dead on Thursday in his apartment 

Tommy Bush, a business mentor and friend gave a stirring speech about how the young man reached high and was a believer in Christ. Bush continually cried while talking about him, and concluded 'Don't tell me not to grieve. I'm not there yet. 

'He was truly a gift from God and he meant the world to me, his spiritual bond with Christ was always at the forefront of his mind,' said his college, Alexis Stossel.

During the services, Jean's service to his church, his community and the many missions he has done through his church in Texas for the people in his homeland of St. Lucia were emphasized.

The young man was also a member of a chorus called 'The Good News Singers' through Harding University which traveled the country to spread the word of Jesus Christ.  

Jean was dressed in a suit and tie that was the same suit he wore in his bright, smiling Facebook photo. 

His younger brother wore a matching outfit. He stood over his brother and patted Jean's chest while family comforted him and rubbed his shoulders. 

People attending dressed in traditional black funeral attire, as well as anti-violence t-shirts.   

A bus was provided from Harding University, about five hours away in Arkansas, where Jean attended school.

Students and alumni packed the bus to honor their friend who was a native of Saint Lucia.   

Jean's final resting place will be in his homeland of St. Lucia at a later date. 

Guests, who included Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, were encouraged to applaud each other and the family by Griffin who paid tribute to them by telling mourners: ‘The apple don’t fall far from the tree’. 

In a statement released before the service, Allisa called for peaceful protests and said she still wants clear, concise answers about the events that led to his death.

She added: 'Botham was a man of peace, love and justice. Botham would approve of the marches and protests, however, he would not approve of any violence in the streets nor loss of any additional life in his name nor his memory, as a result of this tragedy.

'Botham Shem Jean loved both America and his homeland of St Lucia. But above all, he loved serving God and knew his calling as a child of God.  

According to a program obtained by DailyMail.com, the service will include an obituary by Jean's friend Tyler Gentry and tributes by college friend Alexis Stossel, PWC senior partner Tim Ryan and family friend Ignatius Jean.

An obituary included in the program remembers Jean as having 'an enthusiasm for life that was contagious'.

It adds: 'He was passionate about people and - because of his faith - shared his love and joy with everyone he came in contact with during his short life.'

The family are requesting donations in lieu of flowers to be paid to Harding University's St. Lucia Global Missions Fund.

Guyger, 30, lived a floor beneath Jean and claims that she mistakenly went to his apartment thinking it was hers. She told police that when she arrived at the front door, it was ajar and the lights inside were off. She says that she went inside , saw a 'dark silhouette', gave verbal commands then shot the man, thinking he was an intruder. 

But Jean's family say her story is full of holes. 

They say that the banking associate was afraid of the dark and would never have had all  his lights off inside. 

They also say he would not have kept his door ajar because it was unsafe, and point out that he had a red doormat at the front of his apartment which would have been impossible for the cop not to spot and realize she was in the wrong place. 

'He made sure to let everyone know this is mine – it's my red carpet,' his mother said.

Botham's family say the cop should also have known that it wasn't her apartment because of his red doormat (above) 

Botham's family say the cop should also have known that it wasn't her apartment because of his red doormat (above) 

They also revealed on Wednesday that Jean, who moved to the US from his native St Lucia in 2011 to attend college,  was terrified of being racially profiled as a black man living in Texas.

'He said to me as a black man in Dallas, you don't walk with your hands in your pockets. 

'Just so you don't get any profiling,' his teenager brother Brandt told CBS this week. 

Jean's mother, Allison, said he would never have sat at home in the dark. 

'To hear that his door was open, he would never -- and have the lights off -- he would never do that.

'He was like me. He does not like the dark.' 

Witnesses have told the family's lawyer that seconds before they heard Guyger firing her weapon, they heard a woman in the hallway pounding on his door and yelling: 'Let me in, let me in!' 

After the shots, another person said they heard a man cry out: 'Oh my God, why did you do this?' 

The witness believes those may have been Jean's last words. 

Guyger called 911 immediately and was seen pacing up and down the hallway in her cop uniform while making the call. 

Jean was taken to hospital but was pronounce dead afterwards. 

It took three days for police to arrest Guyger. She was booked into jail on Sunday on a manslaughter charge and was bailed out by an attorney on a $300,000 bond. 

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White Texas cop poses for mugshot as she is CHARGED with manslaughter for gunning down and killing a black man when she walked into his apartment by mistake This is the entrance to Jean's apartment. His family say that his distinctive red doormat would have been enough for the cop to know she was at the wrong apartment when she arrived on Thursday night. Neighbors say they heard her knocking on the door and shouting 'let me in'. She said the door was ajar 

  • Seconds before Amber Guyger shot Botham Jean on Thursday, witnesses heard a woman in the hallway shouting: 'Let me in, let me in' 
  • They say they then heard gunshots then a man yelling: 'Oh my God, why did you do that?'  
  • She claims she thought it was her home and became suspicious someone was inside when she arrived to find the door ajar 
  • The cop said she only realized she was in the wrong apartment after fatally shooting him
  • She called 911 afterwards and was seen pacing in the hallway on her cellphone 
  • On Sunday, Guyger was arrested on a manslaughter charge and was released on a $300,000 attorney bond
  • It is now in the hands of a grand jury to increase her manslaughter charge to murder  

Neighbors of a white cop who shot dead a black man in Dallas on Thursday night after walking into his apartment have disputed her claim that his door was ajar when she arrived at it. 

Seconds before Amber Guyger, 30, shot Botham Jean in the chest, one neighbor said they heard a woman in the hallway knocking on a door and yelling: 'Let me in, let me in.' 

Another neighbor then heard gunshots and afterwards claimed to have heard a man shouting: 'Oh my God. Why did you do that?'  

The witness told Jean's family's lawyer Lee Merritt they think those were his last words. Jean's mother Allison said she believes there is more to her son's death than has been revealed. 

'I'm not satisfied that we have all the answers,' she said. 

Jean, who worked as an associate for the the finance firm PwC and was from St Lucia, lived one floor above Guyger in the South Side Flats building.

Her attorney did not respond to DailyMail.com's inquiries on Tuesday. 

The neighbors' accounts significantly undermine her claim that Jean's door was ajar when she arrived at it after returning home.  

Jean, 26, a devout Christian who worked for the accounting firm PwC, could not be revived and died in hospital
Amber Renee Guyger, 30, was charged with manslaughter on Sunday near Dallas

Botham Jean, 26, (left) was shot dead by Officer Guyger (right) in his apartment in south Dallas on Thursday night. Guyger said she entered the apartment thinking it was her own. Witnesses have disputed her claim that the door was ajar and say they heard a woman shouting 'Let me in' seconds before the first of two shots rang out 

This is the entrance to Jean's apartment. His family say that his distinctive red doormat would have been enough for the cop to know she was at the wrong apartment when she arrived on Thursday night. Neighbors say they heard her knocking on the door and shouting 'let me in'. She said the door was ajar 

This is the entrance to Jean's apartment. His family say that his distinctive red doormat would have been enough for the cop to know she was at the wrong apartment when she arrived on Thursday night. Neighbors say they heard her knocking on the door and shouting 'let me in'. She said the door was ajar 

Cop claims black neighbor ignored her verbal commands

Eyewitness video from the scene has also emerged which shows Guyger pacing up and down the hallway afterwards.  She appears to be shaking and crying and is holding a phone to one ear.

Minutes later, a team of EMTs arrived. They were filmed wheeling Jean away while one of them performed CPR. 

Guyger told police that they had never met before Thursday night and that she thought he was an intruder in her home when she arrived mistakenly at the front door.  She said she gave verbal commands but that he ignored them and forced her to shoot. 

She said she only realized that she had entered his apartment, and not her own, after she shot him dead in the dark, turned the lights on and called 911.  

The cop was arrested on Sunday, three days after the incident, on a manslaughter charge and was released on a $300,000 attorney bond afterwards. 

It is now in the hands of a grand jury to decide whether or not that is the appropriate offense or if she should be charged with murder.  

Jean's family have questioned why it took police three days to arrest her. They say she should have been put in custody on Thursday, immediately after she called police.  

They also say it is unlikely she could have mistaken their son's door for her own because he had a distinctive red door mat at the entrance of his apartment.

At a press conference on Monday, his mother Allison, who flew in from St Lucia with his siblings after his death, said: 'The number one answer that I want is, what happened? I have asked too many questions and have been told that there are no answers yet.

'I am looking forward to all of the powers that be to come up with the answers. To make me more satisfied that they are doing what is in the best interest of that injustice for Botham.' 

In a still image from footage taken by a witness, a woman believed to be Guyger paces up and down the hallway at South Side Flats seconds after Jean was shot. She is crying and appears to be shaking  

In a still image from footage taken by a witness, a woman believed to be Guyger paces up and down the hallway at South Side Flats seconds after Jean was shot. She is crying and appears to be shaking  

Botham Jean's neighbor shares video after his fatal shooting
Paramedics are filmed wheeling the 26-year-old financing associate away on a gurney while giving him CPR. He died in hospital 

Paramedics are filmed wheeling the 26-year-old financing associate away on a gurney while giving him CPR. He died in hospital 

Jean in a Facebook photo
Jean leading a college service on September 21, 2017

Guyger was a risk associate for the banking form PwC. He came to the US for college in 2011 and won a job with the prestigious firm after graduation. His family are determined to know more about his death 

Jean's 15-year-old brother Grant and mother Allison (center) mourn with other churchgoers at a prayer service at the Dallas West Church of Christ on Sunday. They are demanding answers over his death 

Jean's 15-year-old brother Grant and mother Allison (center) mourn with other churchgoers at a prayer service at the Dallas West Church of Christ on Sunday. They are demanding answers over his death 

On Monday, District Attorney Faith Johnson said she would do everything in her power to investigate the case to its fullest. 

She eschewed responsibility for how Guger had been treated so far and said it was out of her power how Texas rangers arrested her. 

She said her office had a 'spirited debate' with the police about how they had handled the case so far but would not go into further detail.   

On Monday night, nearly 200 protesters descended on Dallas Police HQ demanding justice after Guyger was released. 

Jean arrived in the US in 2011 after winning a place at Harding University in Arkansas. 

The pair lived a floor apart at South Side Flats, an amenity-packed building in Dallas. Guyger told police they had never met before 

The pair lived a floor apart at South Side Flats, an amenity-packed building in Dallas. Guyger told police they had never met before 

He studied business administration and accounting and management and graduated in 2016. PwC hired him out of college as a risk assurance associate. 

Dallas police on Saturday said Guyger had worked for Dallas Police Department for four years on the Southeast Patrol Division.

'She is devastated,' a Dallas police officer close to Guyger told Dallas News. 'She is so, so sorry for this family.'

Guyger, the sole woman on a elite crime response team of 10 officers who make high-risk arrests, shot another man in 2017 - that time a suspect who had taken her Taser.

Uvaldo Perez, 47, was hit once in the abdomen, but survived and was sentenced to two years on drugs charges. Guyger was found justified in that shooting.

The policewoman moved into the South Side Flats about a month ago.

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Female cop revealed who shot dead neighbor after she 'mistakenly walked into his apartment thinking it was her own', as video emerges of officer crying as paramedics try to revive victim

Female cop who fatally shot neighbor is charged with manslaughter

  • Officer Amber Guyger, 30, was charged with manslaughter in Dallas on Sunday
  • She is accused of shooting her 26-year-old neighbor Botham Jean on Thursday 
  • Said she returned home from shift and entered the wrong apartment mistakenly
  • Texas Rangers took over the investigation and arrested her over the weekend 
  • Guyger posted bond of $300,000 and was expected to be released late Sunday
  • Was allowed to leave jail by the rear door avoiding perp walk for gathered press 

Amber Renee Guyger, 30, was charged with manslaughter on Sunday near Dallas

Amber Renee Guyger, 30, was charged with manslaughter on Sunday near Dallas

The female cop who shot her neighbor and said she had entered his apartment thinking it was her own has been arrested and charged with manslaughter. 

Dallas Police Officer Amber Renee Guyger, 30, was booked into Kaufman County Jail at 7.20pm on Sunday on a charge of manslaughter in the Thursday shooting of 26-year-old Botham Jean, jail records show.

Guyger posted bond of $300,000 and was released by 8.30pm. Kaufman deputies allowed her to leave by the rear of the jail, avoiding the gathered press, rather than the front of the building as is typical for bonded inmates, according to local reports.

Kaufman County is directly southeast of Dallas County, where the shooting occurred.

In Texas, the penalty for a manslaughter conviction is between two and 20 years in prison. 

The Texas Rangers, who took over the investigation on Friday, said the investigation is ongoing and declined to offer further information about the case. The Rangers, a law enforcement group equivalent to state police, ran the investigation to avoid the appearance of any potential bias, Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall said at a press conference on Friday. 

Jean, 26, a devout Christian who worked for the accounting firm PwC, could not be revived and died in hospital
Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger was identified as the off-duty officer who shot 26-year-old Botham Jean in an apartment block in south Dallas on Thursday night

Botham Jean, 26, was shot dead by Officer Guyger in his apartment in south Dallas on Thursday night. Guyger said she entered the apartment thinking it was her own

Guyger's booking record, which was removed in less than an hour when she made bail, is seen

Guyger's booking record, which was removed in less than an hour when she made bail, is seen

Jean's 15-year-old brother Grant and mother Allison (center) mourn with other churchgoers at a prayer service at the Dallas West Church of Christ on Sunday

Jean's 15-year-old brother Grant and mother Allison (center) mourn with other churchgoers at a prayer service at the Dallas West Church of Christ on Sunday

Allison Jean raises her hands in the air as she leans on her son, Grant during a prayer service for her son and Grant's brother Botham Jean at the Dallas West Church of Christ on Sunday

Allison Jean raises her hands in the air as she leans on her son, Grant during a prayer service for her son and Grant's brother Botham Jean at the Dallas West Church of Christ on Sunday

Dallas Police update fatal shooting at apartment complex

Earlier on Sunday, Jean's mother Allison and 15-year-old brother Grant mourned his death at an emotional prayer service at Dallas West Church of Christ.

The congregation paid tribute to Jean, a consultant who was active in the church's ministry service, by signing his favorite hymn: My God Is Real.

Later Sunday, the family held a press conference at 7pm demanding Guyger's arrest, apparently unaware that she had already been arrested in Kaufman County at 6.37pm and was en route to booking.

Jean's family has hired attorney Benjamin Crump, who is best known for representing the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

The perplexing shooting unfolded at about 9.59pm on Thursday, when Guyger had just gotten off of a full shift. 

According to Guyger, she mistakenly entered the wrong apartment in the complex where she lived, thinking it was her home, and had some kind of confrontation with Jean that ended with her shooting the man with her service weapon.

Guyger, who was in uniform, immediately called 911 to report that she had been involved in a shooting, investigators said.

Police and paramedics administered aid at the scene, and Jean was rushed to an area hospital, where he was declared dead.

The immediate aftermath of the shooting was captured in footage posted by a neighbor, showing a female uniformed officer crying into her phone on a walkway of the apartment block. 

She is heard screaming 'oh God!' into the phone before she dashes away out of view.

Moments later, the victim is pulled past on a gurney as medics desperately try to revive him. Four officers follow directly behind and another runs to catch up. 

Botham Jean's neighbor shares video after his fatal shooting

New footage from the aftermath of the deadly shooting of 26-year-old Botham Jean by a female cop on Thursday shows a police woman crying into her phone after the incident

After the woman police officer walks away, medics come by with Jean on a trolley as they frantically try to revive him 

After the woman police officer walks away, medics come by with Jean on a trolley as they frantically try to revive him 

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Mother of 26-year-old shot dead in his OWN home by white cop who 'mistook his apartment for HERS' wonders if race played a factor as police investigate if the two 'had a personal relationship' {VIDEO}

  • Amber Guyger returned from shift and entered the wrong apartment, she says
  • Belonged to 26-year-old Botham Jean, who died in hospital after she shot him
  • Jean was from St Lucia and studied at Harding University before joining PwC 
  • New footage shows female officer crying on a walkway outside the apartment
  • Moments later medics rush past pulling Guyger on a trolley administering CPR
  • Guyger also shot someone in 2017, this time a suspect who had taken her Taser 

New footage from the aftermath of the deadly shooting of 26-year-old Botham Jean by a female cop on Thursday shows a police woman crying into her phone after the incident
New footage from the aftermath of the deadly shooting of 26-year-old Botham Jean by a female cop on Thursday shows a police woman crying into her phone after the incident
After the woman police officer walks away, medics come by with Jean on a trolley as they frantically try to revive him 

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White COP shoots DEAD her neighbor, 26, in his HOME after she 'walked into his apartment thinking it was her own'-- What do you think?

  • Botham Jean, 26, was killed in his own apartment by a policewoman on Thursday
  • The officer, a white woman, says she thought he was in her apartment
  • Jean's mother has questioned if her son was shot because he was black 
  • Alison Jean says the officer's explanation of events makes no sense to her
  • She faces manslaughter charges and has been placed on administrative leave 
  • A blood sample was drawn to determine her drug and alcohol levels
  • The woman has not yet been named or pictured by authorities 
Botham Jean (left) was shot dead in his own home on Thursday night when a white police officer mistook the apartment as her own

Botham Jean (left) was shot dead in his own home on Thursday night when a white police officer mistook the apartment as her own

The mother of a black Caribbean man who was fatally shot by a white Dallas police officer who said she mistook his apartment for her own wonders whether her son's race was a factor in his killing. 

Allison Jean told NBCDFW she wondered if the off-duty officer would have reacted differently if 26-year-old Botham Jean had been white.

Ms Jean, who has held government posts in the island nation of St. Lucia, says her son's death 'just feels like a nightmare.'

The officer, who authorities say will be charged with manslaughter, shot and killed the young man using her service weapon after returning home from her shift on Thursday night.

She claimed she had mistaken his apartment for her own. 

The officer is yet to be named or pictured, sparking calls of unfair treatment.

And while Dallas’ police chief Renee Hall said on Friday the officer would be charged imminently, she revealed on Saturday, during a criminal justice panel livestreamed on Facebook, that the warrant hadn’t been issued.

Hall said the Texas Rangers, who are conducting an independent investigation, asked her department to hold off because they needed more time to look into the shooting.

The officer was in full uniform but off duty when she tried to enter Mr Jean's (left) apartment. Authorities have not said how she ended up face to face with the man or if the pair knew each other

The officer was in full uniform but off duty when she tried to enter Mr Jean's (left) apartment. Authorities have not said how she ended up face to face with the man or if the pair knew each other

Ms Jean said she wants justice for her son, noting he had not even strayed near trouble when he was killed.

'Botham was no where in any wrong place at any wrong time. He was in his sanctuary. In the place he called home. He didn’t deserve it,' she said.

The devastated mother says she wants to know who the police officer is, and she wants a better explanation for what happened. 

'I don’t want to judge her. We are Christians. We forgive,' she said.

'But I need to look into her eyes, and ask her why did she do that to my son. 

'She took away my heart. My soul. He didn’t deserve to die. The explanation does not make sense.'

Alison Jean (right), his mother, says she wants a full explanation as to how her son came to die, and says she wants the state to pay for the accountant's death

Texas officer arriving home enters wrong apartment and shoots man
Botham lived at the South Side Flats in Dallas (pictured), as did the police officer, who still has not been named or pictured
The officer called 911 after the fatal shooting, and police were quickly at the scene (pictured)

Botham Jean attended college at Harding University in Arkansas, where he often led campus worship services. 

After graduating in 2016, he moved to Dallas, where he went to work in risk assurance for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The 26-year-old was beloved everywhere he went, with tributes flowing in online from people who said their lives had been improved by his presence. 

In a particularly heartbreaking message, his sister said she had transitioned in an instant from picking out presents to picking out a casket for her beloved brother. 

His sister (left) wrote a heartbreaking message noting just a week ago she was deliberating over a birthday present for him, and now she needed to choose his casket

His sister (left) wrote a heartbreaking message noting just a week ago she was deliberating over a birthday present for him, and now she needed to choose his casket

'Just last week I was thinking of what to get you for your birthday, now I have to go pick out your casket,' she wrote. 

'You will always be my baby brother. I love you with all of my heart. Until we meet again my love.'

Another, written by college friend Matt Woodson, noted Mr Jean was always around when he was needed.

Woodson said the pair worked on classwork together, sang in choir together and even bought cowboy boots together after first bonding over icecream and soda.

'There’s one thing that remained so constant in your life... that contagiously bright smile that radiated from your face every day of every week,' Woodson wrote.

'The numbness I’m experiencing still brings pain. It’s dull and deep. It’s the kind of pain that sinks in and doesn’t go away. 

'A piece of my heart and the hearts of literally thousands of others will forever be missing because of your absence on this Earth. 

'However, it will one day be whole again when we are greeted by your voice welcoming us home.'

Botham Jean is seen leading worship at a university presidential reception in Dallas
Dallas Police Chief makes statement on officer involved shooting

Dallas Senator Royce West told reporters on Saturday he still did not know if the events of Thursday night were race related.

'We need to find out whether there was a personal relationship, whether she surprised him at the door,' he said. 

'There are many facts that need to be looked at before determining what type of homicide it is.'

The Senator was passionate in explaining he wanted to see charges laid, and to ensure the officer was not given any special treatment because of her job. 

On Friday, a group gathered at the Jack Evans Police Headquarters for a candlelight vigil in memory of Mr Jean.

The candlelight memorial was held by Mothers Against Police Brutality, and people from all races and religions appeared to be in attendance.

'Young King' Solomon Grayson, 6, looks over at a sign that reads 'You Could be Botham Shem Jean' during a Mothers Against Police Brutality candlelight vigil for Jean

'Young King' Solomon Grayson, 6, looks over at a sign that reads 'You Could be Botham Shem Jean' during a Mothers Against Police Brutality candlelight vigil for Jean

Pastor Michael W. Waters (right) leads a prayer following a Mothers Against Police Brutality candlelight vigil for Botham Jean

Pastor Michael W. Waters (right) leads a prayer following a Mothers Against Police Brutality candlelight vigil for Botham Jean

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Dallas officer mistakes apartment for own and shoots dead neighbor, faces manslaughter

  • A Dallas police officer was returning home from work Thursday night
  • She says she entered her neighbor's apartment thinking it was her own
  • Police say she was 'confronted' by the man who lived there and pulled her gun
  • The unnamed officer shot dead 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean
  • She faces manslaughter charges and has been placed on administrative leave
  • A white  Dallas police officer is facing manslaughter charges for shooting dead a black man in his home after she entered his apartment thinking it was her own.

Botham Shem Jean, 26, was shot dead in his home by a Dallas police officer Thursday night 
The unnamed female officer said she mistakenly walked into Jean's apartment thinking it was her own and is to be charged with manslaughter 

The unnamed female officer said she mistakenly walked into Jean's apartment thinking it was her own and is to be charged with manslaughter 

A blood sample was drawn from the female officer to determine her drug and alcohol levels, Police Chief Renee Hall said in a press conference Friday afternoon. 

Dallas police are now seeking a warrant for manslaughter charges against the cop.   

Hall confirmed that the officer is white, but she did not say whether investigators believe race was a factor in the shooting.

She added that the officer would be identified pending any charges.

The shooting happened just before 10pm at South Side Flats, an upscale apartment complex in downtown Dallas. 

The victim was treated at the scene before being taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead.  

Authorities have not said how the officer got into Jean's home, or whether his door was open or unlocked.

Halls said it's also not clear whether there was any interaction between the two before Jean was shot. 

'Right now there are more questions than there are answers,' Hall said. 

Botham Jean graduated from  Harding University in  Arkansas in 2016,pictured speaking at the university in 2014

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Comment by El-Bull on December 4, 2018 at 12:28am

mr1stroke NOPE.... posts have to be approved and i noticed they either hold them back or steal them

Comment by mr1stroke on December 4, 2018 at 12:24am
They dont want you to post it
Comment by El-Bull on December 3, 2018 at 9:40pm

mr1stroke true that, i was just posting the video by that name in my comments since Caribbean Fever once again appropriated this original post from me as if were his

Comment by mr1stroke on December 3, 2018 at 5:27pm

El-Bull police always lies, when the last time they did not lie, the only problem they either too retarded to realize their lies dont make sense to the rest of us or they think every one are as stupid as they are to believe them

Comment by Bree on December 3, 2018 at 2:17pm

I hope the prosecution can make murder one stick.  Sounds like a charge to get her off.  

Comment by lynz on December 3, 2018 at 8:41am

Death penalty for that demon spawn. 

Comment by Antoine Waldron on September 16, 2018 at 7:59am
Rot in hell b**** 2 what I noticed frm hearing this story 1 he has a bloody red mat in front of his door secondly the story said she said, “Let Me in, let me in” how can she not kno she’s not in front of her door I smell bullshit in the air
Comment by Samantha on September 15, 2018 at 6:06pm
She was scorned or turned down or she said what the heck other white cops have gotten of let's see if I will.
Comment by James Gibbs on September 13, 2018 at 6:45pm
This should be a lesson to all Black people, do not open that f**king door, if a crazy intoxicated @ss suspected White Supremacist banging on your door like that...no matter what, your life depends on it. Well, a black person should not open their door to anybody who is a undesirable, use that spirit of Ogun to tell the difference.
Comment by patricia green on September 13, 2018 at 5:00pm
I don’t understand his family say he had never met the cop... but yet there I s pic on social media say other wise! Something smell fishy there!

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