Monday, 24 September, 2018

Texas officer arrested on manslaughter charge in man's death

Why There’s Still No Warrant Out for Dallas Cop Who Killed Man in His Apartment Police Chief Hall, Mayor Provide Update on Shooting Death of Botham Shem Jean
| 10 September, 2018, 09:16

Dallas police put the Texas Rangers in charge of the investigation, which is why, according to Police Chief Renee Hall, a warrant was put on hold for her arrest.

On Saturday, the Texas Rangers, which is now handling the investigation, made a decision to postpone pursuing a warrant against Guyger "until they could follow up on information that they received from the interview with the officer", the Dallas Police Department said.

Late Thursday evening, the off-duty Dallas officer, who was still in uniform, shot and killed Jean in his apartment after she apparently mistook his unit as her own. The officer called dispatch to report that she had shot the man Thursday night, police said.

Interested in Police Shootings? "This family is grieving that that has not happened yet", he said of the wait for investigators to act.

She says going forward the group expects transparency and accountability in the case.

In a statement Saturday, the police department said the Texas Rangers took over the investigation to "eliminate the appearance of any potential bias". This investigation is ongoing and we will release additional details as they become available and it is appropriate to do so.

Jean, who was 26, was pronounced dead Thursday night at a Dallas hospital.

After her name had been confirmed by multiple sources, Dallas Police officially identified the officer as Amber Guyger #10702, around 8:15 p.m. Saturday.


The sheriff's office told CBS DFW that Guyger is expected to make her bond and be released. Online records show that Amber Guyger has long ties to Texas and is 30-years-old.

"If there is probable cause that a crime has been committed in this jurisdiction, it is incumbent on law enforcement, and particularly the district attorney's office, to issue a warrant for the arrest of the officer involved", Merritt said. Hall did not say why the officer opened fire and declined to discuss what she may have been doing before she returned home after working a full shift Thursday.

Therefore, we have ceased handling it under our normal officer involved shooting protocol, a blood sample was drawn to test for drugs and alcohol, we are in the process of obtaining a warrant, and we have also invited the Texas Rangers to conduct an independent investigation.

'Right now, there are more questions than we have answers, ' Hall told a news conference.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said: "Botham Jean was exactly the sort of citizen we want to have in the city of Dallas". Guyger shot and injured the suspect, who was later charged with taking a weapon from an officer, possession of meth and marijuana, and parole violation.

He graduated in 2016 from Harding University, a private Christian school in Searcy, Arkansas, where he was a member of an a cappella group that performs spiritual songs for churches.

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. If it was a white man would it have been different?

'You want to think it's fiction. and you have to grapple with the reality, ' he said.

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