911 Call Leaked From Amber Guyger's Shooting Of Botham Jean In His Apartment

Former Dallas Officer Amber Guyger's 911 call after she shot Botham Jean gave credence to her claims it was an accident.

Dallas, TX – A recording of the 911 call former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger made after she shot a man she said she believed was inside her apartment was released on Monday, and it lends significant insight into the officer’s state of mind after the shooting (video below).

Police officials and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office had refused to release the audio of then-Officer Guyger’s 911 call and the conversation that ensued with the dispatcher citing an ongoing criminal investigation, WFAA reported.

However, the 911 call itself provides support to the officer’s claims that she shot 26-year-old Botham Jean by mistake.

During the almost six-minute conversation with the dispatcher, Officer Guyger repeated the phrase “I thought it was my apartment” at least 19 times, according to WFAA.

She sounded frantic on the call and became more hysterical as time passed while she waited for EMS and police to arrive on the scene.

The shooting occurred when then-Officer Guyger was off-duty and returning home from work just after 10 p.m. on Sept. 6 when the incident occurred.

After having worked 14 hours serving warrants in high crime areas of the city, the 30-year-old officer parked on the wrong floor of the parking garage adjacent to her apartment building, WCAU reported.

The arrest affidavit said the garage levels correspond with the floors in the apartment complex. Officer Guyger lived on the 3rd Floor of the Southside Flats apartment complex, and should have parked on the 3rd floor where her apartment was.

But the off-duty officer parked on the 4th floor of the parking garage and proceeded into the building, where she went to the door of the apartment she believed to be her own and inserted her key.

The affidavit used to get the warrant for the officer’s arrest said the door to the 4th Floor apartment was not completely shut. It’s been reported that the Southside Flats apartments use a keycard entry system.

“She inserted a unique door key, with an electronic chip, into the door key hole,” the affidavit said. “The door, which was slightly ajar prior to Guyger’s arrival, fully opened under the force of the key insertion.”

The sound of the door opening alerted Jean, who was home alone in his apartment watching football.

The affidavit said Jean went to see what was going on at his front door.

Officer Guyger told investigators she saw the silhouette of someone in what she believed to be her own apartment, and drew her firearm, WCAU reported. The affidavit said she believed she was being robbed.

She said that she gave verbal commands that were ignored by Jean, according to the affidavit. Then she fired her weapon in the dark at the person twice, striking him once.

The arrest affidavit said it wasn’t until Officer Guyger was already on the phone with 911, that she reached to turn on the lights and she realized she was not in her own apartment.

She went into the hall and checked the address on the door, and confirmed for the dispatchers that she was in unit 1478, one floor above her own apartment, WCAU reported.

Jean was transported to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas where he later died.

The 911 recording began at 9:59 p.m. on Sept. 6, 2018, just after Officer Guyger shot Jean.

“Get up man,” Officer Guyger said to Jean as she waited for the dispatcher to answer her call.

“Dallas 911. This is Carla. What is your emergency?” the dispatcher asked.

“Hi, this is an off-duty officer. Um, can I get, I need EMS. I’m in number… hold on,” Officer Guyger seemed to be trying to figure out exactly where she was so she could tell the dispatcher.

“Do you need police as well, or just EMS?” this dispatcher asked.

“Yes. I need both,” the officer replied quickly.

“Okay, what’s the address?” the dispatcher asked.

“F--k. I’m at apartment number 1478, I’m in 1478,” Officer Guyger told the dispatcher, as if it was just dawning on her that she was on the wrong floor entirely.

“And what’s the address there?” the dispatcher asked.

“It’s 1210 South Lamar. 1478. I’m an off-duty officer I thought I was at my apartment and I shot a guy thinking that he was… thinking it was my apartment,” Officer Guyger explained.

“You shot someone?” the dispatcher asked.

“Yeah, I thought it was my apartment. I’m fucked. Oh my god. I’m sorry,” the officer said.

The “I’m sorry” seemed to be directed at Jean rather than the dispatcher.

“Where are you now?” the dispatcher asked.

“What do you mean? I’m in um, what do you mean? I’m inside the apartment with him,” Officer Guyger replied.

“Hey, come on man,” the officer said to Jean, as if trying to wake him up.

“What’s your name?” the dispatcher asked.

“I’m Amber Guyger. I need… get me… I’m… I’m in…” the officer replied, becoming more frantic by the moment and breathing heavily.

“Okay, we have help on the way,” the dispatcher confirmed.

“I know but I’m… I’m gonna lose my job. I thought it was my apartment. F--k,” Officer Guyger told the dispatcher.

“Okay, stay with me okay,” the dispatcher said.

“I need… I need… I know need a supervisor,” Officer Guyger told the dispatcher.

Then she tried to get the man she had shot to respond again.

“Hey bud. Hey bud, hey bud. C’mon,” Officer Guyger said softly. And then more urgently, she told the dispatcher, “Oh f--k. I thought it was my apartment. I thought it was my apartment. Hurry please!”

“They’re on their way,” the dispatcher told her again.

“I thought it was my apartment. I thought it was my apartment. I could have sworn I parked on the third floor,” Officer Guyger said.

“Okay, I understand,” the dispatcher replied.

“No… I thought it was my apartment,” the officer told the dispatcher. And she repeated “I thought it was my apartment” four more times.

“What’s the gate code there?” the dispatcher asked.

“I don’t know. I don’t know,” Officer Guyger said.

“You don’t know? Okay,” the dispatcher replied.

“I thought it was my apartment,” the officer repeated.

At that point, the dispatcher said they had an officer there but they needed the gate code. Again, Officer Guyger said that she didn’t know the code.

“I thought it was my apartment. I thought it was my apartment,” Officer Guyger said over and over, becoming more hysterical as moments passed and she waited for help.

“Ma’am, what floor are you in right now?” the dispatcher asked.

“On the fourth floor. Fourth,” the officer said. Then she turned her attention back to Jean.

“Hey bud, hey bud. They’re coming, they’re coming. I’m sorry, man,” Officer Guyger told the man she had shot.

“Where was he shot?” the dispatcher asked.

“He’s on the top, the top left,” the officer replied.

“Okay, you’re with Dallas PD, right?” the dispatcher confirmed.

“Yes,” Officer Guyger told her. “Oh my God. I’m done. I didn’t mean to. I didn’t mean to. I didn’t mean to. I’m so sorry. Hey bud…” She appeared to turn her attention and concern back to Jean.

“They’re trying to get there to you okay?” the dispatcher said.

“I know,” the officer replied.

Then “Stay with me bud,” she told Jean. “Holy f--k.”

“They’re almost there. They’re trying to get to you,” the dispatcher said.

“Holy f--k. I thought it was my apartment. I thought it was my apartment. Holy f--k. I thought it was my apartment,” Officer Guyger babbled, becoming more distraught by the second. “I thought it was my apartment. I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry.”

Her apologies were directed at the man whom she had shot.

“Oh my God,” Officer Guyger said.

“Okay, ma’am they’re trying to get there to you. Do you hear them? Do you see them?” the dispatcher asked.

“No. No,” the officer replied.

“I… I… How the fuck did I put the… how did I? How did I?” the officer seemed to be trying to figure out how she had let herself into the wrong apartment. “I’m so tired.”

That’s when help arrived and Officer Guyger called out to them.

“Hurry. Hey! Over here, over here!” the officer yelled. “No, it’s me. I’m off duty. I’m off duty. I thought they were in my apartment. I thought this was my floor…” and the recording ended as arriving police took over at the scene.

Officer Guyger was initially arrested on manslaughter charges, but a grand jury returned a murder indictment against her just a few days later after protests.

Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall announced that Guyger had been fired from the police force on Sept. 24, but not for the shooting.

“An Internal Affairs investigation concluded that on September 9, 2018, Officer Guyger, # 10702, engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for Manslaughter,” the chief’s statement read.

That statement appears to refer to some action taken by then-Officer Guyger on the day of her arrest.

The firing came after two weeks of protests in the city, and widespread calls for the chief to terminate Officer Guyger’s employment with the Dallas Police Department (DPD).

The chief had said she couldn't fire Guyger for the shooting itself until the investigation was complete.

She was fired on the same day that Jean was buried in his native St. Lucia, the Dallas Morning News reported.

You can listen to the 911 audio below:

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Janko
Janko

Assume we believe every word she said. It's still not a good shoot. I would have approved it for prosecution.

TheGreatPNW
TheGreatPNW

Everyone forgets the 14 hour shift in high crime area. Officers are overworked. Imagine working a 12 GY shift, going home at 6 am. Going to a court case at 10am getting done at 3pm and being back at work at 6pm. It’s ridiculous.

DSmith2018
DSmith2018

So many questions I have about this. Wasn’t there a red floormat? Why was the door a little open. First thing you do when you walk in a dark room is turn on a light. As an officer do you just shoot in the dark? If the tv wasvon it couldn’t have been that dark. She seemed more concerned about her job than his life. Obviously the jury had more info to convict. But I still believe she thought she was in her apartment. It was a perfect storm incident. Also, didn’t he have drugs in his apartment? If he did wouldn’t you make darn sure your door is closed and locked?

Captmike
Captmike

This is a horrible mistake. She needs her job back...

NomonK
NomonK

One very important question that needs to be answered is When did she realize she wasn't in her apt.
The answer to this and why signs aren't posted all over the garage showing the floor and why Apt. Aren't numbered by floor. At this point I feel it very well was a tragic mistake.

Rcrymes
Rcrymes

Turns out it wasn't her apartment and this wasn't a good shoot, but I can find little difference between this scenario and someone who is at fault in a fatal car crash. Yes they caused the crash (and there are different levels of negligence that can lead to criminal charges and even jail time), but we don't charge people with murder unless they specifically target someone with their car. This should be no different.

If the call is an indication of what happened (i.e. a terrible mistake) perhaps manslaughter or no charges at all. If there is evidence that she targeted the man for any reason, then she absolutely should be charged with murder. This is really not hard for rational minded people.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

It could have been a man fixing a gas leak or leaking pipe. I could have been a police officer executing a warrant based on bad information. What she did (if the call is sincere) wasn't merely careless, but reckless. Was it recless enough to be considered murder? I am not sure. But if she was tired, then she knew she was tired and that makes it more reckless.

She definitely should have retreated until she knew what was going on. She should have retreated as soon as she saw that the door was open, instead of drawing down.

RedBruh1
RedBruh1

So she's more concerned about losing her job, but not concerned about saving an innocent man's life?

Why was she wearing MY uniform while off duty? Did she have a bodycam on her? If she did, was it recording? Why did it take so long to release the 911 recording to the public? And the report saying that the door was slightly ajar, I'm not buying that crap. Key fob doors tend to be much more heavier than the standard doors. Not only should she be charged with murder, she should be charged with brandishing a firearm, and reckless discharge of a firearm.

But let's get down to brass tacks. If Botham shot Amber Guyger in self defense for a good reason, Botham would be in prison. Her excuses that she worked a 14 hour shift. Oh, quit complaining. I have friends who are nurses who work longer hours and still manage to not screw up by going into another person's house or apartment. Her other excuse is even more laughable. "He didn't heed to my commands." Eh, sorry that I'm not sorry. But if a cop is in someone's home, that cop should abide by that person's rules. Meaning: If that person tells a cop to jump, the cops asks the question in response "how high." Also if said person tells the cops to disarm themselves since they are in that person's home, you will disarm yourselves.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I am pretty curious about what she did when they came to arrest her. Sounds like she may not have immediately complied. Of course, she should have been arrested right after the shooting -- would have saved a lot of problems.

Hannibal
Hannibal

Worried about her job? How about remorse for the guy you killed in cold blood because you can't tell what floor you are on. Fuck this bitch. Good riddance. I can tell a lot about someone by what they are saying/thinking.