Amber Guyger, Dallas Officer Who Fatally Shot Neighbor, Has Been Fired for 'Adverse Conduct,' Police Say

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Amber Guyger, the Texas officer who shot and killed her neighbor, has been fired, Dallas police announced on Twitter Monday. 

An internal affairs investigation determined that she had "engaged in adverse conduct" when she fatally shot her neighbor, 26-year-old Botham Jean, on Sept. 6.

Guyger said she believed a “large silhouette” in the unlit apartment was a burglar inside her home just before 10 p.m., according to court documents.

She had said the door was ajar, but opened under the force of her unique door key, which is outfitted with an electronic chip, the documents said. When she gave the unknown person “verbal commands,” that person ignored them, she said. 

Guyger fired her handgun two times, striking Jean once in the midsection, authorities said.

It turned out Guyger was in the wrong apartment. She actually lived a floor below him.

Jean was a model citizen by all accounts. He worked as an accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and was a devout churchgoer. Just four days before he was killed, Jean was recorded singing at a church service. 

“This is the worst pain any mother can feel,” Jean’s mother, Allison Jean, told reporters earlier this month. “My Botham!”

Guyger has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and is currently free on $300,000 bail. She has yet to enter a plea.

Guyger is allowed to appeal her termination, police said.

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