Dallas Officer in Botham's Killing Named

Glen Norman
September 10, 2018

Guyger was trying to assist, when a struggle began with Perez.

Dallas police have released the name of the officer involved in the fatal shooting of a black man. Her bond is set at $300,000.

Jean is black and Guyger is white. The Texas Ranger Division, a separate agency that's investigating the case, had asked that the warrant be postponed.

Merritt, who represents the family of Antwon Rose II, an unarmed teenager who was shot by an East Pittsburgh police officer, said race and police's use of force are deeply intertwined in this country.

"I don't think there was a student on campus who didn't know Botham", said Landis Tindell, who knew him as a resident adviser.

Dallas police Chief U. Renee Hall told reporters on Saturday that Guyger's arrest warrant had not yet been signed yet because the Texas Rangers were still probing the new information.

"If there is probable cause that a crime has been committed in this jurisdiction, it is incumbent upon law enforcement, and in particular the district attorney's office, to issue a warrant for the arrest of the officer involved", attorney Lee Merritt said following a vigil at Dallas West Church of Christ, NBC News reported.

A blood sample was taken from Guyger to test for drugs and alcohol, according to the police chief.

Sgt Mike Mata, who heads Dallas' largest police union, the Dallas Police Association, called Saturday for an "open, transparent and full investigation of the event", the Dallas Morning News reported.

"We want to make sure everything is transparent and above board", the mayor added, after praising Jean for being a church-going, young professional who is "exactly the sort of citizen we want to have in this city".

He says he spoke Saturday with Gov. Greg Abbott, who promised that the Rangers will ensure "justice will be served".

Contrary to rumors swirling on social media, Jean did not know the officer, a source with knowledge of the investigation told WFAA.

She had moved into the flats, situated near the Dallas police station, around a month before the incident took place.

The island country's government issued a statement Friday expressing "shock" at the killing and extending condolences to the Jean family. She has not yet been charged in the death of Botham Shem Jean, 26, a St. Lucia native who was an employee of the Dallas offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers, according to the Washington Post. At some point, the officer fired her weapon striking the victim.

It's not clear what the interaction was between her and the victim. A police spokeswoman declined to comment. If it was a white man would it have been different? She saw a figure in the darkness and thought her apartment was being burglarized, the official said.

Police say the officer shot and killed 26-year-old Botham Jean after she returned home from her shift Thursday night and said she mistook his apartment for her own. They held a news conference Sunday night, shortly before the arrest was announced, making another plea for the officer to be taken into custody and saying their team had presented new evidence - a witness and video footage - to prosecutors.

He graduated in 2016 from Harding University, a private Christian school in Searcy, Arkansas, where he was a member of an a cappella group that performs spiritual songs for churches.

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