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Dallas’ Guyger Fired in Mistaken Apartment Shooting

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Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, who fatally shot Botham Jean in his apartment, was fired Monday, a few days after Police Chief U. Renee Hall said doing so would compromise the criminal investigation, the Dallas Morning News reports. The police department said Hall fired Guyger after an internal investigation found the officer had engaged in “adverse conduct” when she was charged with manslaughter three days after the shooting. Guyger’s firing was lauded by the mayor — who called it “the right decision in the interest of justice” — and others who have been calling for her termination for weeks. Guyger has been on administrative leave since the shooting and is free on a $300,000 bond.

Guyger shot Jean, 26, her upstairs neighbor, on Sept. 6. She told authorities she mistook his apartment for her own and believed Jean, who was unarmed, was a burglar. Lee Merritt, an attorney for Jean’s family, has cast doubt on Guyger’s version of events. Hall’s decision to fire Guyger came after widespread calls for action and protests. The firing seemed to contradict statements Hall had made in recent days about why she hadn’t yet fired Guyger. The chief said at a town hall last Tuesday that she couldn’t fire Guyger before an internal investigation was completed because of federal, state and local laws. On Thursday, Hall released a statement saying she didn’t want to risk interfering with a criminal investigation by making a decision about Guyger’s employment.

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