Botham Jean's killer confirmed as Amber Guyger

Botham Jean's killer confirmed as Amber Guyger

Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall said on Friday that authorities were preparing a warrant to arrest Guyger on a manslaughter charge, but that was postponed when the investigation was handed over to the Texas Rangers.

Dallas civil rights attorney Lee Merritt said that based on his conversations with officials, including Hall, there was enough evidence to arrest Guyger on suspicion of manslaughter. She was expected to post a $300,000 bond and be released.

The 30-year-old officer has been with the Dallas Police Department for four years and was ultimately identified as the white police officer who shot 26-year-old Jean this past Thursday (Sept. 6).

Sammie spoke to Jean's mother and sister as they were preparing to board a plane to Dallas.

Two women who live on the second floor near where the shooting happened said they heard a lot of noise late Thursday.

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

"On behalf of the Dallas Police Department, we are continuing to pray for Mr. Jean's family, and ask that the community remain patient as this investigation is conducted", the statement read.

An affidavit says that officer Amber Guyger shot and wounded Uvaldo Perez on May 12, 2017, after a struggle that resulted in Perez taking her Taser. A spokesman for the agency, Lonny Haschel, said in an email that no additional information was available.

The following is an update to the fatal shooting that occurred on Thursday evening at the South Side Flats, 1210 S. Lamar Street.

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Guyger returned home after her shift ended, entered what she "believed to be her apartment" and "encountered Mr. Jean inside the apartment", Hall told reporters.

Texas law enforcement officials Sunday arrested a Dallas police officer in connection with a manslaughter warrant after she fatally shot one of her neighbors, a black man, in his apartment last week.

A statement Saturday from the Dallas Police Department said the Texas Rangers took over the investigation to "eliminate the appearance of any potential bias" involving the cop who killed 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean, CNN reported.

It was unclear if Guyger had legal representation and she could not be reached early Sunday for comment.

Online records show that Guyger hadn't been charged as of Sunday morning.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said: "Botham Jean was exactly the sort of citizen we want to have in the city of Dallas". Guyger pulled her gun and fired twice.

Hall said she did not know whether race was a factor in Jean's death and asked the public for patience as investigators do their work. Ms Hall said the officer's blood was drawn at the scene so that it could be tested for alcohol and drugs.

"Super scary because the police are supposed to protect you and then they come home and you're just hanging out in your own house and then they come home thinking they're home or whatever", he said. But as of late Saturday, no formal charge had been filed, and no arrest warrant had been issued.

The victim was a devout Christian who graduated from a university in Arkansas and was working for multinational PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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