Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger,
right, is accused of manslaughter in the death of Botham Jean.
A white Dallas police officer who
shot and killed a black man in his apartment after she mistook it for
her own has been arrested and charged with manslaughter, authorities
Officer Amber Guyger, 30, was booked
into the Kaufman County Jail Sunday evening after Texas Rangers arrested
her in connection with the shooting of 26-year-old Botham Jean. She was
later released after posting a $300,000 bond.
Investigators say that Guyger, a four-year veteran of
the Dallas Police Department, shot Jean at around 10 p.m. Thursday, when
she returned to her apartment building in the South Side Flats
following her shift. She reported the shooting to dispatchers and she
told officers who responded that she had mistaken Jean's apartment for
Members of Jean's family questioned Guyger's
explanation for the shooting and claimed that the fact she had remained
free days after the shooting showed she was receiving favorable
"If it was a white man, would it have been different?" Jean's mother Allison asked Friday. "Would she have reacted differently?"
Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall said the officer's
blood was drawn at the scene so that it could be tested for alcohol and
drugs. Investigators haven't released the results of those tests.
It has since been revealed that Guyger shot another man, Uvaldo Perez, while on duty in May 2017.
According to an affidavit in the case filed against
Perez, police were looking for a suspect when Guyger and another officer
were called to assist a third. Perez got out of a car and became
combative with Guyger and another officer. A struggle began and Guyger
fired her Taser at Perez, who then wrested it away from her. She then
drew her gun and fired, wounding Perez in the abdomen.
Guyger was not charged in the 2017 shooting.