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The Latest: Mother of man killed by Dallas cop seeks answers

September 10, 2018
Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on a fatal shooting involving an off-duty Dallas police officer (all times local):

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The mother of a man who was gunned down inside of his Dallas home by a police officer who said she mistook his apartment for her own says investigators still haven't given her family an account of what happened.

Allison Jean, whose 26-year-old son Botham Jean was killed Thursday by Officer Amber Guyger, said at a news conference Monday that she's asked a lot of questions but has been told there are no answers yet.

Lawyers for the family questioned why it took three days for Guyger to be charged. One said Guyger should have been in handcuffs the night of the shooting, but she was only booked on a manslaughter charge Sunday night.

They also wondered why, based on news reports of what happened, Guyger was so quick to use deadly force.

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10:45 a.m.

The Dallas County district attorney says her office will present the case of a police officer who fatally shot a neighbor to a grand jury, which could decide that a stronger charge than manslaughter is warranted.

District Attorney Faith Johnson said at a news conference Monday that her office will first collect all of the evidence it can surrounding Thursday's fatal shooting of 26-year-old Botham Jean by Dallas police Officer Amber Guyger.

Guyger was arrested Sunday night on a manslaughter charge and was booked into Kaufman County jail and released on bond.

When asked why Guyger was allowed to surrender somewhere other than Dallas County's jail, Johnson said the decision was made by the Texas Rangers, who oversaw the investigation.

Police have said that Guyger told officers who responded to the shooting that she had mistaken Jean's apartment for her own.

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9:10 a.m.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says an off-duty police officer charged in the shooting death of a neighbor had parked on the wrong floor of their apartment complex's parking garage.

Rawlings said Sunday that the 30-year-old officer , Amber Guyger, drove to her apartment complex Thursday night after her shift. Authorities say the four-year veteran of the police force told officers after she shot 26-year-old Botham Jean that she had mistaken his apartment for her own.

Guyger was arrested on a manslaughter charge and released on bond Sunday.

The Dallas County medical examiner's office said Monday that Jean died of a gunshot wound to the chest and it ruled his death a homicide.

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12:30 a.m.

A white Dallas police officer who says she mistook her black neighbor's apartment for her own when she fatally shot him has been arrested on a manslaughter charge.

Officer Amber Guyger was off duty and returning to the South Side Flats, where she and 26-year-old Botham Jean both had apartments, when the shooting occurred Thursday. Many questions remain about what led the officer, who has been on the police force for four years, to shoot Jean.

Lawyers for Jean's family had been calling for Guyger's arrest since the shooting, saying the fact she had remained free days later showed she was getting favorable treatment. She was arrested Sunday and later released on bond.

The group Mothers Against Police Brutality said the arrest is a "first step" toward justice and accountability.

 
 
 

 

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