On Monday, details of the controversial killing of Botham Jean by a policer officer who knocked on his apartment door and shot him, will be heard by a Dallas grand jury, the Dallas News reports.
The case dominated headlines after the Dallas cop, Amber Guyger, 30, was arrested and charged with manslaughter on Sept. 9, for killing Jean. She reportedly knocked on his door and demanded to be let in, as he was watching television. Alternatively, the grand jury could indict Guyer on the more severe murder charge.
Guyger maintained that she thought she was at her apartment and she mistakenly thought the accountant was a burglar on Sept. 6.
“The case is ready for a grand jury,” said Kimberlee Leach, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County District Attorney’s office.
Guyger, a 30-year-old cop, had been with the Dallas Police Department for nearly five years.
Investigators and Jean’s family are still trying to determine exactly what happened the night of the shooting. Guyger told investigators that she mistook Jean’s apartment for her own and shot him because she was startled by his presence.
Guyger had reportedly just finished a 15-hour shift and was still in uniform when she parked on the wrong floor and entered Jean’s apartment, which had an unlocked front door and lights that were turned off. That information was gleaned from an official who spoke with the Dallas News under a cloak of anonymity.
“I want to thank the Texas Rangers for thoroughly investigating this tragic case from the moment the Dallas Police Department requested that they take over on Friday morning,” he wrote. “I am grateful to Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall for her leadership and foresight in calling for the Rangers to handle the investigation to ensure there was no appearance of bias. I also greatly appreciate that our citizens and community leaders were so respectful of the investigative process over these past few days.”
Another Guyger Shooting
The Botham Jean incident is not the first time Guyger has fired her weapon. In May 2017 she shot and injured a suspect. As reported by CNN, Guyger was attempting to identify a person in a vehicle when another passenger exited the car and took Guyger’s taser. According to the Dallas PD, that is when Guyger shot the suspect who was later charged with taking a weapon from an officer and drug possession.
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