Dallas police fire officer who killed Botham Jean in his apartment
- Author: Jon Douglas Sep 25, 2018,
Sep 25, 2018, 0:29
Authorities said Guyger was returning home from a 15-hour patrol shift around 10 p.m. on September 6 when she parked her vehicle on the wrong level of the parking garage outside the apartment complex, where she and Jean both lived.
Under civil service rules, Guyger has the right to appeal the termination. Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson has said the case will be presented to a grand jury, which could determine stronger charges for Guyger. "As an employer, DPD can compel Officer Guyger to provide a statement during a DPD administrative investigation and those statements given to DPD could potentially compromise the criminal investigation", Hall said. She turned herself in three days later, and is now out on bond.
One of the family's attorneys, Lee Merritt, said Jean was being buried Monday in St. Lucia.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Guyger told police that she had finished a 15-hour shift when she parked her auto on the fourth floor of her apartment building instead of the third floor where she lived.
Police executed multiple search warrants at Botham Jean's apartment in the aftermath of the killing, and investigators said they found several items, including a small amount of marijuana, FOX4 News reported. 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 also said that the apartment door was left ajar and that the room was completely dark when she fired.
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. Guyger was placed on administrative leave immediately after the shooting, but such discipline was not adequate when weighed with her actions, critics said.
Guyger called 911 and, when asked where she was, returned to the front door to see she was in the wrong unit, according to the affidavit.
After the shooting, Guyger's blood was drawn to be tested for alcohol and drugs, according to Hall.
The Dallas County medical examiner's office said Jean died of a gunshot wound to the chest.