By Avi Selk
The Dallas Police Department fired Officer Amber Guyger on Monday, after an internal affairs investigation into the fatal shooting of her neighbor, for which the officer already faced a manslaughter charge.
Guyger allegedly walked into the apartment of the neighbor, Botham Jean, and fatally shot him on Sept 6. She was arrested three days later. The officer claimed she had entered Jean’s home thinking it was her own and mistook him for a burglar, according to court documents. But the victim’s family disputed her account, saying she had attempted to get into Jean’s apartment.
Police Chief U. Reneé Hall had been under public pressure for weeks to fire Guyger, who had been with the department since 2013. Last week, the chief released a statement arguing that opening an administrative investigation into the officer could “compromise the criminal investigation.”
Nevertheless, police opened an internal affairs investigation into Guyger after her arrest, according to Monday’s statement. Its conclusions were discussed during a hearing on Monday, and “Officer Guyger was terminated for her actions.”
The statement says Guyger “engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested,” but police told The Washington Post that she was fired simply because she had been arrested - not for anything she did during the apprehension.
The statement notes that Guyger can appeal her firing. Police did not comment on whether Hall is still concerned about her administrative action compromising the criminal investigation.