TX Cop: Man in Apartment Ignored Her Commands

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An arrest affidavit gives new details of what happened the night Dallas police officer Amber Guyger shot and killed a Botham Shem Jean inside his apartment last Thursday. She claimed she mistook Jean’s apartment for hers and opened fire, believing Jean was an intruder, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Guyger was on the wrong floor and didn’t check that the apartment was hers until after she shot Jean, the affidavit says. Jean’s door was ajar. Guyger described him as looking like a large silhouette because it was dark inside. “Guyger drew her firearm, gave verbal commands that were ignored by Jean,” the affidavit says. “As a result, Guyger fired her handgun two times striking (Jean) one time in the torso.”

Lee Merritt, the Jeans’ family attorney, scoffed at the narrative provided in the affidavit. One witness living nearby heard pounding at the door and someone shouting, “let me in,” Merritt said. The other one (witness) was in the living room (of her own apartment) watching TV she also heard the same pounding at the door.” One witness heard what were likely Jean’s final words following the gunshots, “Oh my God, why did you do that?” Merritt said all of the indicators should have made it clear to Guyger that it was not her apartment. Guyger was arrested Sunday evening and released after posting a $300,000 bond. District Attorney Faith Johnson said the case will be presented to a grand jury, which will decide on the final charges against Guyger.

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