Grand jury: Dallas officer’s shooting of neighbor was murder

Grand jury: Dallas officer’s shooting of neighbor was murder

Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer accused of fatally shooting her neighbor in his own apartment was indicted on murder charges Friday, PEOPLE confirms.

Guyger was initially arrested on manslaughter charges three days after shooting Jean.

"Today the Dallas County grand jury has returned an indictment against Amber Guyger for the offense of murder", Johnson said.

A former Dallas police officer who walked into an unarmed man's apartment on September 6 and shot him while wearing her police uniform has been indicted on a charge of murder.

"The Jean family's loss can not be restored to them, but we will continue to work to ensure that police officers are held to the same standards as everyone else in the Dallas community and across the state of Texas", she said. From there, she unwittingly entered the fourth-floor hallway - which is largely identical to the hallway below it, according to the affidavit - and headed to Jean's apartment. She then opened the door to Jean's apartment, which was unlocked.

Johnson also repeatedly pointed out that it was the Texas Rangers" call, as the agency leading the investigation into the shooting, to file the manslaughter charge at the time of Guyger's arrest, even though she said her office believed it was a murder case "all along'.

"Every person in the Dallas Police Department continues to feel anguish about this hard and tragic event that occurred on September 6, 2018", Dallas police chief Ulysha Renee Hall said in a statement.

Critics, including Mr Jean's family, also wondered why it took three days for Ms Guyger to be charged, why she wasn't taken into custody immediately after the shooting and whether race played a factor in her decision to use deadly force.

Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger has been indicted on a murder charge in the killing of her unarmed neighbor

"I was not bowing down to any political pressure to try to do it earlier because that was not justice", Johnson said as quoted by the Dallas Morning News.

After listening to testimony all day on Wednesday, a Texas grand jury has chose to indict Amber Guyger for murder in the shooting death of Botham Jean this past September.

Jean's brother Brandt Jean, centre left, hugging sister Allisa Charles-Findley, and their mother Allison Jean, second from left, hold a news conference in September.

Guyger turned herself in to the Mesquite jail about 1 p.m. Friday to be booked on the new murder charge, Mesquite police Lt. Stephen Biggs said.

"I'm really grateful for the life that he lived", Allison Jean said.

Her office, Johnson said, took its time before seeking an indictment in the case to ensure that it could paint the best possible picture of the shooting to the grand jury. Jean's family has filed a lawsuit alleging excessive force. She killed Jean in Apartment 1478, directly above her own abode.

Jean, a native of the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, had attended a Christian college in the US and was working at the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers at the time of his death. He attended college in Arkansas and had been working in Dallas for accounting and consulting firm PwC. She then drew her weapon and fired twice at Jean, the affidavit said. Jean was black. Guyger is white.

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