Officer named in Botham Jean shooting, shot a suspect in 2017: report

Fox News:-  Dallas police Officer Amber Guyger, whom authorities say fatally shot a black man last week in an apartment she mistook for her own, was also involved in the shooting of a suspect in 2017, according to a report.

Guyger, 30, a four-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department assigned to the Southeast Patrol Division, was identified late Saturday by Dallas police as the white officer who fatally shot Botham Jean, 26, in the South Side Flats apartment complex in Dallas around 10 p.m. local time Thursday.

The confirmation by police of Guyger’s involvement in Jean’s death followed the disclosure of the officer’s name earlier in the day by the Dallas Morning News, the newspaper reported. Her name had already been circulating in social media posts, the report said.

Whether Guyger will be charged with a crime in connection with Jean’s death is the subject of a Texas Rangers investigation.

Dallas police Chief Renee Hall said Saturday that the Rangers had asked her to hold off on a planned manslaughter charge while their investigation is underway, FOX 4 of Dallas reported.

Guyger faced no charges following a May 12, 2017, incident in which police say she shot and wounded Uvaldo Perez after a struggle that resulted in Perez taking Guyger’s stun gun, according to an affidavit reviewed by the Morning News.

Perez ultimately entered a plea deal in February 2018, admitting he took a weapon from an officer, possessed illegal drugs and violated his parole, the newspaper reported. He was sentenced to two years in prison.

Following Thurday’s fatal shooting of Jean, Guyger was said to be “devastated,” the Morning News reported.

Meanwhile, Jean’s family held a vigil for him Saturday at Dallas West Church of Christ, FOX 4 reported. The family asked that Jean be remembered as a youth pastor, singer and good friend and family member — and not as the focus of speculation or political agendas, the station reported.

“Botham never saw color, he never saw race. Botham wanted all of us to unite, to be together,” Jean’s mother, Allison Jean, told the vigil gathering.

Lee Merritt, an attorney representing Jean’s family, tweeted Saturday: “Our first & foremost priority will be to ensure justice is served for this family. That includes holding Amber Guyger accountable for her crimes as well as ID’ing all responsible for enabling this incident.”

Thursday’s shooting occurred after Guyger was returning home in uniform from a 12-hour shift, according to police. Guyger allegedly entered an apartment she thought was hers, and killed a man she didn’t recognize, Dallas’ FOX 4 reported. Afterward, she called 911, police said.

Responding officers found Jean badly wounded. He was transferred to a hospital and died later that evening.

Jean was a businessman born in St. Lucia, a Caribbean island nation where he and his family held positions in government. He had recently graduated from Harding University in Arkansas and had been working in Dallas since 2016.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and state Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, held a news conference Saturday afternoon in which they urged the community for patience as the investigation proceeds, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

“Is this a white on black crime? Yes,” West said. “It was a white, female Dallas police officer who shot and killed a person from St. Lucia of African descent. Is this a race-related crime? Don’t know. I would hold any type of decision you make on what happened until all of the facts come in.”

Still, questions remain as to why Guyger mistook Jean’s apartment for her own and how she was able to get inside. The police officer was a tenant of the building for only about a month, the Morning News reported.

Rawlings told reporters Saturday afternoon that Guyger was able to get inside Jean’s apartment because the door was open. But that claim was contradicted Saturday evening by a FOX 4 reporter who cited police as saying Guyger was on the wrong floor and the door was closed.

“Her key didn’t work in the door,” Steve Eager wrote. “Shooting happened shortly after resident opened his own door.”

17 Comments

  1. JOHN
    September 9, 2018 at 12:31 pm Reply

    Send her to St. Lucia, let us deal with her…..PLEASE

    1. Zeigy
      September 9, 2018 at 1:04 pm Reply

      Savage.

    2. Nacilia Francois
      September 9, 2018 at 3:11 pm Reply

      So what are you going to do with her in St. Lucia huh. 😂 😂 😂

  2. Holder
    September 9, 2018 at 1:33 pm Reply

    Pan knee by T. Long knee and by sah kou till E more

  3. Beverly weekes
    September 9, 2018 at 2:48 pm Reply

    we just don’t need justice we need swift justice .just like his life was taken from him swiftly we need justice the same way.i am sick and tired of these crimes White on Black we are all gods people we all carry the same blood color Red.please this needs to stop.

  4. Jay
    September 9, 2018 at 4:59 pm Reply

    My condolences to the family during this difficult season🙏🙏🙏🙏
    The first step is to acquire a very very prominent attorney whose records are legit in dealing with such issues as well as experience. The next step would be to acquire an independent autopsy from a private and extremely qualified medical examiner as well as forensic experts. Private investigators to figure out the police officer’s background in every area including past and present. I have prayed and will continue to do so…my heart goes out to the family.

  5. Adel
    September 9, 2018 at 6:52 pm Reply

    So sad for all of us as a nation .

  6. real talk
    September 9, 2018 at 8:39 pm Reply

    so because he has family with positions in government yall wanna push for justice…move hall deh with yall preferences ting

    1. Honesty
      September 10, 2018 at 8:53 am Reply

      You must be one of those anti chastnet people to make such a petty comment in this matter that has nothing to do with politics.. Shame on you….

    2. Trecia
      September 10, 2018 at 9:17 am Reply

      Really real talk. That’s where you we b4 with that.

    3. Realistic sister
      September 12, 2018 at 7:25 am Reply

      Bet if it was your child or family that wouldn’t be your comment !!! Are yall for real you should change real talk to **** talk people like you need to be in a place by yall self!! In a sensitive time so that really the comment you want to post

  7. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    September 9, 2018 at 10:57 pm Reply

    The most racist country in the world!

    1. Zeigy
      September 12, 2018 at 8:31 am Reply

      Norway says, “Hello.”

      Let’s not equate a country being open about it’s social issues with having the worst of those problems. If you and I were to try to apply to work in Norway, not being Norwegian already disqualifies you.

      China hides all their social injustices. A Chinese celebrity who acted in an X-Men movie has not been seen in public in over two months.

      Russia kills their journalists so you won’t hear much from there. But also, they’re so busy oppressing and killing their own people I don’t think their social system has evolved to institutional racism yet.

      Perhaps America is a little too open? Would you think better of them if they hid more of these stories?

  8. Herman Joeph Vitalis
    September 10, 2018 at 4:28 am Reply

    The police officer, apparently, has itchy fingers for shooting foreigners or foreign-looking “suspects”.

  9. Calm
    September 10, 2018 at 8:26 am Reply

    Nothin will be done about that..she will just loose her job….and get a suspended sentience

  10. Never scared
    September 10, 2018 at 11:11 am Reply

    She will get justice.may not be today or tomorrow but her time soon com.

  11. Likeitis
    September 10, 2018 at 11:37 am Reply

    America is a real S-Hole Country…they are the same ones who are withholding aid to Saint Lucia for extra judicial killings…how hypocritical. ..when they on record have the most extra judicial killings than anywhere else on the planet.

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