Monday 19 November 2018

Off-duty police officer held after shooting neighbour dead in flat

 

Mistake: Amber Guyger. Photo: Kaufman County Sheriff's Office via AP
Mistake: Amber Guyger. Photo: Kaufman County Sheriff's Office via AP

Danny Boyle in Dallas

An American police officer who says she mistook her neighbour's apartment for her own when she fatally shot him has been arrested on a manslaughter charge.

Amber Guyger (30) was booked into the Kaufman County Jail in Dallas, Texas, after being taken into custody over the off-duty shooting.

She was later released on bond, having posted a $300,000 (€258,000) bail.

Ms Guyger fatally shot Botham Jean (26) at his apartment, having mistakenly entered the flat.

She now faces a possible manslaughter charge over the shooting late on Thursday.

Mr Jean was described as a devout Christian who was working for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Lawyers for Mr Jean's family claimed the fact that she had not been detained days after the shooting showed she was receiving favourable treatment.

Irish Independent

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