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Dallas officer accused of fatally shooting neighbor has been fired

Dallas officer accused of fatally shooting neighbor has been fired

Amber Guyger, the Dallas Police Department officer who shot and killed Botham Jean in Jean's apartment a little over two weeks ago, has been fired. Police have said she was off-duty but still in uniform on September 6 when she fatally shot 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean, who she thought was burglarizing her apartment.

Guyger was sacked during a hearing held Monday after an Internal Affairs investigation concluded that she engaged in adverse conduct, according to a message posted on the Twitter account for the Dallas Police Department.

Guyger is allowed to appeal the decision under civil service rules, police said. District Attorney Faith Johnson said the panel may decide to uphold the manslaughter charge on which Guyger was arrested, or it could consider a more serious charge of murder. "The swift termination of any officer who engages in misconduct that leads to the loss of innocent life is essential if the Dallas Police Department is to gain and maintain the public trust".

On Thursday, Hall released a statement saying she didn't want to risk interfering with a criminal investigation by making a decision about Guyger's employment.

One of the family's attorneys, Lee Merritt, said Jean was being buried Monday in St. Lucia. Guyger was placed on administrative leave immediately after the shooting, but such discipline was not adequate when weighed with her actions, critics said.

Guyger was arrested for the death of her neighbor, Botham Jean.

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Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, who killed Botham Shem Jean after entering his apartment, was sacked Monday.

Ms Guyger entered the apartment after finding the door ajar, and saw Mr Jean, 26, in the darkness as a "large silhouette", according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

The search warrant statement says Mr Jean "confronted the officer at the door".

Police said Guyger has told investigators she mistook Jean's residence for her own and shot him, believing he was an intruder.

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. Moments after, Jean was pronounced dead.

Guyger was booked into the Kaufman County Jail three days after Jean's death with bail set at $300,000.

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