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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.