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Police chief fires cop who gunned down neighbor after entering wrong apartment

24 September 2018

Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer who was off duty when she killed her neighbor, Botham Jean, in his own apartment, was sacked by Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall on Monday morning.

Renee Hall terminated Guyger, who was arrested for manslaughter in the shooting death of Botham Jean, 26.

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On Thursday, Hall said she did not want to risk interfering with a criminal investigation by making a decision about Guyger's employment. She was arrested three days later. During a community meeting, Chief U. Reneé Hall had said that she could not fire Guyger because of "federal, state, and local laws ... civil service laws", although WFAA found that department policy appeared to contradict that statement.

Jean family attorneys and protesters have been calling for her to be fired since the shooting.

Guyger had been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the DPD investigation.

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When she put her key in the apartment door, which was unlocked and slightly ajar, it opened, the affidavit said. Attorneys for Jean's family had also criticized the chief for keeping Guyger on the force. 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.

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

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Officials said a grand jury will hear the case.

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

Police chief fires cop who gunned down neighbor after entering wrong apartment