Dallas officer accused of fatally shooting neighbor has been fired

Investigators to look at security footage to track Dallas officer night she killed black neighbor

Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was sacked Monday, officials said, weeks after a racially-charged shooting in which the off-duty white cop killed her black neighbor, Botham Jean.

Guyger has been charged with manslaughter in the September 6 shooting that left 26-year-old Botham Jean dead. An internal affairs investigation found she "engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for manslaughter" and she was sacked due to her "actions" the night of the fatal shooting.

A four-year veteran of the department, Guyger has the right to appeal the disciplinary action, according to the tweet. Following the completion of the Texas Rangers' and the Dallas County District Attorney's Office's investigations in the case, it will be up to a grand jury to decide whether to indict Guyger for murder, manslaughter or not at all. In a statement, the department says she was sacked during a hearing Monday morning.

"Officer Guyger was terminated for her actions", the news release said.

One of the family's attorneys, Lee Merritt, said Jean was being buried Monday in St. Lucia. "While nothing can bring him back, DPD's firing of Guyger is the first step towards justice for Botham Shem Jean".

Guyger entered Jean's apartment allegedly thinking it was her own, then shot its occupant, who was black and unarmed.

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Police said that Jean was fatally shot once in the torso.

The door was slightly ajar as she tried to use her key, which has an electronic chip.

Documents indicated that Guyger, who is white, claimed she saw a "large silhouette" and gave it verbal commands before opening fire, wounding Jean in his torso. When she opened the door, she saw the interior was almost completely dark, according to the affidavit.

The search warrant statement says Mr Jean "confronted the officer at the door". Jean later died at a hospital after being shot once in the torso. Protesters angry with the lack of public information in the case interrupted a City Council meeting to demand accountability and more police oversight in general.

However, for many, the decision is almost three weeks too late, eroding an already tumultuous relationship between law enforcement and vulnerable communities that have been disproportionally impacted in police shootings.

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