The Dallas police officer that mistook a black man for an intruder in his own home has been identified, WFAA reports. Officer Amber Guyger entered an apartment at the South Side Flats thinking it was her apartment. When she found Botham Jean, 26, inside of what was actually his apartment, she became startled and fatally shot him.
“Our first and foremost priority will be to ensure justice is served for this family. That includes holding Amber Guyger accountable for her crimes as well as ID’ing all responsible for this incident,” civil rights attorney Lee Merritt said via Twitter.
Guyger is currently on administrative leave. The Dallas Police Department is looking to charge her with manslaughter. An arrest warrant would have been issued Friday (September 7) but the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Texas Rangers, who usually investigate police shootings, intervened to further question Guyger.
It was speculated that Guyger and Jean knew each other, but that has been confirmed to be false by Merritt.
“We have nothing to substantiate those claims,” Merritt said at a press conference yesterday (September 8) in Dallas.
Besides Merritt, civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump will also be representing Jean’s estate.
This isn’t the first time Guyger has been involved in a shooting with a person of color. She reportedly shot Uvaldo Perez after he took her taser during a search in 2017. Perez was being searched by another officer, but began giving him a difficult time. Guyger then tased him, but Perez was able to wrestle the taser away from her. Guyger then shot him in the abdomen.