Deadly ‘er­ror’ cop mur­der rap

Sunday Herald Sun - - News -

A US grand jury has in­dicted a white for­mer Dal­las po­lice of­fi­cer for the shoot­ing mur­der of her black neigh­bour.

Am­ber Guyger, 30, has claimed she walked into the apart­ment of ac­coun­tant Botham Jean, 26, who lived one floor above her, think­ing it was her home. She shot him think­ing he was an in­truder.

Ms Guyger was ar­rested on a man­slaugh­ter charge three days af­ter the Septem­ber 6 killing of Mr Jean as he watched TV. She had just fin­ished a shift and was in uni­form. Dal­las po­lice sacked her three days later.

District At­tor­ney Faith John­son yes­ter­day an­nounced that the grand jury had up­graded the charges.

“When you look at the facts of this case, we thought that it was mur­der all along,” Ms John­son said.

Ms Guyger told in­ves­tiga- tors she mis­tak­enly parked one floor higher than usual and then went to what she thought was her home and found the door ajar. In­side, she saw a fig­ure stand­ing in the dark­ness.

She said she pulled her gun and fired twice af­ter the per­son ig­nored com­mands.

Mr Jean’s fam­ily has filed a law­suit against Ms Guyger and the city of Dal­las. The shoot­ing caused out­rage in the city, with many dis­be­liev­ing the of­fi­cer.

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