Dallas police officer accused of killing neighbor fired

Dallas police officer accused in neighbor's death fired

Dallas police officer accused in neighbor's death fired

Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was sacked Monday, officials said, weeks after a racially-charged shooting in which the off-duty white cop killed her black neighbor, Botham Jean.

Chief Renee Hall fired Guyger, 30, during a hearing Monday morning.

"An Internal Affairs investigation concluded that on September 9, 2018, Officer Guyger, #10702, engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for manslaughter", the statement read.

Guyger was arrested last week on manslaughter charges, weeks after she shot Jean in his own apartment.

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Under civil service rules, Guyger has the right to appeal her discipline, the statement reads. She then drew her weapon and fired twice at Jean, the affidavit said. She told the city council's Public Safety Committee that she is ending the 72-hour wait period for obtaining statements from officers who are involved in shootings.

Guyger mistook Jean's the unit for her own, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Lawyers for Jean's family also questioned why it took three days for Guyger to be charged and why Guyger was so quick to use deadly force in her encounter with Jean.

A search warrant claims the Dallas cop was trying to open the door with a set of keys when he confronted her and she shot him, a bombshell revelation which significantly undermines her claim she found him sitting inside in the dark.

She had been on administrative leave, as activists called for her immediate firing. Inside, the lights were off, and she saw a figure in the darkness that cast a large silhouette across the room, according to the officer's account.

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The Dallas County medical examiner's office said Jean died of a gunshot wound to the chest and abdomen.

Guyger was hired in November 2013 and assigned the Southeast Patrol Division.

This is a developing story.

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