Officer Amber Guyger Fired, But Not For Shooting Botham Jean

Sandy Malone

The Dallas police chief said Officer Amber Guyger had been fired for something she did on the day of her arrest.

Dallas, TX – The Dallas police chief has fired the officer who is facing manslaughter charges after she fatally shot a man she believed was in her own apartment.

Chief U. Renee Hall put out a press statement on Monday that said a hearing had been held on 30-year-old Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger’s status.

“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.

The shooting occurred as the off-duty officer 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 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 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 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 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 Texas Rangers are conducting the investigation into the shooting.

Initially, Chief Hall told angry protesters at a Town Hall meeting on Sept. 18 that she could not fire the officer before an internal investigation had been completed, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Thomas Taylor, Chief Hall’s chief of staff, said that an administrative hearing was on hold until after the criminal investigation was completed.

Chief Hall explained in a written statement on Sept. 20 that she didn’t want to risk compromising the criminal investigation into the shooting by changing Officer Guyger’s employment status.

"As an employer, DPD can compel Officer Guyger to provide a statement during a DPD administrative investigation and those statements given to DPD could potentially compromise the criminal investigation," the chief said in a statement.

She said she wasn’t willing to risk creating a situation where Officer Guyger would be let off on a “technicality,” KXAS reported.

Chief Hall promised the police department would proceed with their investigation as soon as she was sure they wouldn’t be impeding the criminal investigation.

Comments (24)

This is a sad situation for all involved. What bothers me is the DPD chief kowtowing to the protestors. This was quickly turned into a racially motivated shooting when in fact it had absolutely nothing to do with race.

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Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Wish we had video of the arrest.


better be careful chief, look hard enough at ANYONE and they have done something to be fired for. Feel for the officer, she's going to be a scapegoat no matter what the outcome, and there doesn't seem to be anything anyone wants to do about it.

Amvetjim post2
Amvetjim post2

What still gets me is sympathy for her, what about the family? And the only once about the unique RED carpeting he had at his door way, only one on his floor ,or building for that matter.??


This woman shouldn't just shoot and kill an innocent man in his own home and not have some consequences to her despicable actions. I think some people on this site would excuse her actions simply because of she is, or rather was, and who her victim, Mr Jean was, absolutely no regard and sympathy for his untimely death. A massive wrongful death lawsuit against the city should be next. I hope true Justice is served for Mr Botham Jean. Mr Botham Jean, rest in peace good sir, you will be missed, your life mattered.


I think, from the get go of the incident, she was served with consequences, fact of matter she was charged with the shooting. There is sympathy for the victim and there is sympathy for her, and thats because it was not an "intentional" shooting, she had worked a 12 or 14 hour shift, obviously very tired thus going to the wrong floor, she truley felt there was a burglary in progress in her apartment, and she never tried to hide the shooting, and Im betting she feels horrible for what she did and for the victim. There are rules on terminating employees and this department was following them, they werent trying to not get justice for the victim by keeping her employeed, they were letting the investigation be completed. Also please note, she was not acting in a capacity of police officer as she was off duty, so for the person who says sue the city, they cant be sued!!


It’s a shame, but I think it’s for the best. The more and more that comes out, the more and more it seems like a case of reasonable mistake of fact. I can’t tell if that makes it better or worse. But regardless, as an officer every arrest from here on out will be second guessed, and every use of force will be scrutinized to a degree at which she becomes a liability. And of course there’s the family of the victim. I can’t imagine they’d feel pleased or safe with her in the police force, regardless of the outcome, and regardless of her professional history. I have a lot of sympathy for the victims. It just doesn’t feel right anyway you turn it.


MarxestAllDayHighestDenominatrix you guys should get a room.

John Q Public
John Q Public

IT WAS MURDER! Read this woman's facebook posts which say the public should thank her for not killing them; plus another FB post in which she bragged she could kill in one shot; this was a woman with a personality disorder of POWER OBSESSED. The noise complaint is prologue to the event. This gal decided to take matters into her own hands and thought she had absolute power to execute her upstairs neighbor who had annoyed her with late night noise. Further, the presence of red doormat and door number on door also eliminates her confusion about apt number statement.