Dallas, Texas – 30-year-old Officer Amber Guyger was arrested Sunday night for the shooting death of 26-year-old Botham Jean.
Guyger was booked on charges of manslaughter. Shortly after being booked, she posted $300,000 bond and was released.
Jean was fatally shot in his own apartment Sept. 6 by Guyger, and the shooting is inexplicably being pushed as a racial issue and a police brutality issue; it's neither.
The Washington Post is claiming that the shooting is renewing calls for policing reform, and that the off-duty officer may have shot Jean because he's black.
Just after 10 p.m. on Sept. 6, Dallas police officer Amber Guyger got off duty and returned home to her apartment in the Southside Flats apartment complex, in the 1200-block of South Lamar, after working a full shift, KTVT reported.
Shortly thereafter, she fatally shot Jean at his apartment.
A Dallas police officer told KXAS-TV that Guyger had just finished spending 14 hours serving warrants in high crime areas when she took the apartment elevator to the wrong floor, while still in uniform.
Guyger then went to what she thought was her apartment, one level above her actual apartment, and tried to unlock the door. While she was trying to get her key to work, Jean allegedly answered the door in his underwear and Guyger fatally shot him.
She then allegedly realized her mistake, immediately called for help, and openly admitted what happened.
From the limited information that has been released, a few things are already apparent.
- No information has been released to suggest that there could have, in any way, been racial bias involved in the shooting.
- The officer was off-duty and not acting in a law enforcement capacity.
- Multiple sources have confirmed that the two did not know each other, and any claims otherwise have been disproven.
No information has been released about Guyger's expected court date.