New Details Released About What Actually Happened In Dallas Apartment Shooting

The district attorney released the arrest affidavit for Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger on Monday.

Dallas, TX The arrest affidavit released Monday afternoon revealed many more details about the circumstances surrounding the Dallas police officer who mistakenly shot a man in his own apartment.

Off-duty Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger returned home from work just after 10 p.m. on Sept. 6, after having worked 14 hours serving warrants in high crime areas of the city.

Officer Guyger, 30, parked on the 4th floor of the parking garage adjacent to her apartment building, WCAU reported.

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

Officer Guyger proceeded into the building and 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 officers arrest said the door to the 4th Floor apartment was not completely shut. Its 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 Guygers arrival, fully opened under the force of the key insertion.

The sound of the door opening alerted 26-year-old Botham Jean, who went to see what was going on at his front door, the affidavit said.

Officer Guyger 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 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 wasnt 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.

Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall announced Officer Guygers impending arrest on Friday, and said the Texas Rangers were taking over the investigation.

We have also invited the Texas Rangers to conduct an independent investigation," Chief Hall told reporters. They have just arrived a moment ago and they are currently being briefed.

The Texas Rangers requested that the warrant not be issued until they actually had a chance to investigate. That warrant was issued on Sunday.

Officer Guyger surrendered to authorities at the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department on Sunday night. She was released on a $300,000 about two hours later, the Star-Telegram reported.

District Attorney Faith Johnson said the investigation was ongoing and the final case would be presented to a grand jury, who will then decide whether or not to charge the off-duty officer with manslaughter, murder or any other charges.

Trust me, we will present to the grand jury everything that we can possibly present to them, Johnson said at a press conference on Sept. 10.

From the limited information that has been released, there has been nothing to suggest that there could have, in any way, been racial bias involved in the shooting.

The officer was also off-duty and not acting in a law enforcement capacity at the time.

Multiple sources have confirmed that the two did not know each other, and any claims otherwise have been disproven, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Comments (76)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

Sad how a life can change in an instant.

jinx73
jinx73

the dead can't talk and i'm not her judge or jury.very sad that a young decent man lost his life for no reason.

Moktor
Moktor

Freaking tragedy. A man lost his life and this woman has hers wrecked in an instant.

BobIn704
BobIn704

Just a tragic mistake...end of story. I am sure she is besides herself, but we all know it will be a cop vs black man and/or white vs. black, etc. which is even more tragic!

Fiftynineolds
Fiftynineolds

Heartbreaking on all sides.

DocRyder
DocRyder

What a tragedy. One life lost and another destroyed...

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

$300,000 bail!!! But in New Mexico they let the terrorists, who were training kids to shot people and starving those same kids, out on a signature bond with NO money! WTF!?!???

Cromaxgal
Cromaxgal

Why did her key card work in another tenants door? Someone else needs to take part of the blame for that mistake.

MikeJ.
MikeJ.

There’s only one side to this story, the other side is dead.

Abgb
Abgb

Tragic mistake. Need to know more about her background. How long did she live at the apartment complex that she didnt realize she was on the wrong floor. Why would her key card fit another tenant door? Why would a young man have his door unlocked or open when hes ready for bed and The lights were out. I dont know anyone that would answer their door with their lights out. Her hours of work has nothing to do with The tragic mistake she made. Im a nurse I wake up 4 AM in the morning I work an hour and 20 minutes away from my home thats back-and-forth on a normal basis I work a 12 hour shift sometimes A 16 hour shift. If I make one mistake when I drive home and kill someone its manslaughter Or accident

hangemhigh
hangemhigh

Just one of those things. Night time, parked on the wrong floor of the garage. All floors and apartments look the same from the outside. Door was not fully closed, opens when she presses key. Strange guy in the dark, burglar?, bang. Let the courts figure it out.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

According to pictures by other tenants in the building, cop doors have numbered key pads that civilian doors do not.

I stand by the fact that she knew what she was doing. Assassinating a son of a foreign dignitary.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

He should have complied. Isn't that what we say in situations like this one?

shirleybaird1
shirleybaird1

She should of pointed & not shot right away. Sounds like she was trigger happy. If all apts. were a like, why did she not turn a light on ?

shirleybaird1
shirleybaird1

Why did she fire so soon. She should of turned a light on. Then she would of seen, it was not her apt..or said, I have a gun, do not move.

Marxest
Marxest

Wow. I assume your talking about her life and not the victim, Mr Jean? LEO301... wow. Your not even going to pretend to care about Mr Jean are you? Lol. This woman is a disgusting piece of work. I take comfort that her career as a police officer is likely over. Her life should rightfully be further ruined. Though I fear she won't share the fate of her victim, Mr Jean. Mr Jean. I pray for you and your family, your life mattered, good sir. To the officer, I hope the system and your soul and conscience, if she has one, implode.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

This situation is tragic for Mr.Jean and his family and for that my respects and condolences to have lost someone apparently innocent of wrongdoing. The situation is also terrible for the female police officer who will live...but will need to remember this for her remaining life and she will pay for her mistakes for years. It is a bizarre circumstance to have happened but to immediately condemn and vilify her will not bring Mr.Jean back. This is where some compassion and calm needs to be expressed by >all< parties involved. Let Mr.Jean RIP and let his family heal. Let the police officer have her time in court and offer some semblance of understanding that this strange situation could have happened to many others . It is wrong to begin walking the conspiracy theory road before facts are known.

sturnman22
sturnman22

Was not there - cannot rightfully judge. Enough tragedy to go around.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Now that the story has come out, I think it is helpful to be very explicit about what Guyger's mistake was. Even if a person had been in her apartment when she came home, she should have been retreating, rather than facing the person in (what she thought was) her apartment. As soon as she realized that somebody was present in (what she thought was) her own apartment, she should have taken cover and tried to reassess the situation from out in the hall or outdoors or far away. While retreating may not always be the safest option when one is in the apartment when the intruder comes, it is certainly the safest option when one is outside one's home and unknown parties are inside. I think her police training may have been what lead to making a bad decision by not retreating and instead proceeding to immediately start killing the unknown person. Even if it were her apartment, it could have been a landlord addressing a water leak, a police officer looking for a missing child or elderly person or something like that.

burgerallday
burgerallday

Thanks for you continuing idiotic comments. You continue to prove your total lack of any knowledge related to law enforcement, rather relying on reading a fantasy book and watching COPS. You are unbelievable.

Directlink
Directlink

I don't feel one bit of compassion for this clown ass cop. I lived in Philadelphia in a very high crime area for YEARS. There were times I would come home to my home being blocked off by police tape because a drive by occurred on my block while I was away at work. Other times I wouldn't have access to my home for hours because my street was tapped off thereby blocking access to my house. I've raised my oldest child in that environment, working, attending school and saving every last penny I possibly could until we could afford a safer home for us, which eventually happened. Our days would begin at 6:30am, I would get home by 10:30 at night and still stay up to prep for the next day, complete homework assignments etc. Exhausted doesn't begin to describe how I was feeling. I was terrified to live in the only place I could afford. People around there did drugs right in your face, they caused trouble all the time, I was held at gunpoint TWICE. You know what I never ever did? WALK INTO THE WRONG HOME and use the excuse that I was coming off a 12 hour shift. Now before anyone says anything to me about "but but but police work", I want you all to consider the other lines of service work someone might do that also places a target on their back except they don't get anywhere near the protection the FOP provides officers. This complete ASS of a cop blew someone away because she was TIRED. That is NOT an excuse at all. That sounds like reckless regard for human life. I've been so tired I slept walk into my kitchen and burned my hands preparing coffee. I have been so tired that my 2 year old's hands slipped away from mine as we tried to board the bus and I didn't notice it until I went to take a seat. I've been so tired I've passed out on public transportation because the sleep deprivation was so intense that my body literally gave out. yes I conceal carry. Yes I've pulled my weapon. NOT ONCE would I ever think to remove a human being off the face of this Earth because I was tired.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I'm at a loss when people keep bringing up that he wasn't complying with orders.

Who in the fuck has a natural inclination to follow orders when someone walks into YOUR house?

I hope they take the witness testimonies (that are somehow being left out of the main story) and nail her ass to the wall for murder.

Dmoe63
Dmoe63

But Burgers all day you weren't a cop and if people in your hood weren't doing wrong then there wouldn't be tape. Don't expect a pat on the back for doing what you should do as a parent. Now to the case this is where a lawsuit and liability should happen not some guys being shot trying to take a cops gun. I have walked up to the wrong door but never entered. Everything you said was anti cop when the reason they are there is for your safety you said it first a drive by and your bitching about the street blocked off WTF? The whole story you told about taking care of your child is wonderful and glad you did it but to complain about cops doing their job and you walking farther to your home is laughable, A landlord would or should give you notice and cop wouldn't be sitting in the dark looking for someone. Most people who want to do right by their babies do move to a safer place that is human nature if you can and can afford it. Just think about some of what you said to be upset with police for that is not the answer.

whitsibley
whitsibley

I wonder if the union bailed her out? Is that allowed? Sketchy police behavior is why all of those cops were murdered in the streets of Dallas a few years ago. Dont they get that? Act honorably, which it is too late for in this situation, because they took out a warrant to search the victim's apartment, or lied and said they had a warrant, depending on which story you believe from them.Act honorably for a while, and see how the public perception of policemen changes. Departments, and especially unions, dont defend and cover for wrong behaviors. When you do, you are no better than popes and bishops hiding pedophiles in the church system. Not to mention, EVERYONE knows exactly what you are doing. Good people care, everyone else, doesn't.