White Texas Cop Claims the Man She Shot in His Own Apartment After Mistakenly Entering ‘Ignored Her Verbal Commands’ as His Family Demand to Know Why It Took Three Days for Her to Be Arrested

The white Texas cop who shot dead a black man in his own apartment claims that he ignored her ‘verbal commands.’

Officer Amber Guyger told the authorities she was returning from a 15 hour shift when she had mistaken her neighbor’s four floor apartment at South Side Flats, in Dallas, for her own home on the third floor on Thursday.

Entering the darkened apartment, the door to which she has since claimed was slightly ajar, she told police she mistook 26-year-old resident Botham Jean for a burglar and shot him in the chest. He was later transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

But the family of Jean say they still have a lot of questions over Guyger’s story and the death of their son.

Lawyers for the family questioned why it took three days for Guyger to be charged after the fatal shooting on Thursday.

One said Guyger should have been in handcuffs the night of the shooting, but she was only booked on a manslaughter charge Sunday night.

They also wondered why, based on news reports of what happened, Guyger was so quick to use deadly force.

The affidavit says Guyger only realized she was in the wrong apartment during the 911 call when she turned on the light. It states that Guyger’s apartment was directly below Jean’s and the apartment layouts and exterior hallways were nearly identical.

Investigator David Armstrong of the Texas Rangers said gained access to her neighbor’s apartment because, when she inserted her key in his door, it opened because it had been slightly ajar.

He says Guyger said the person ignored her verbal commands and she fired twice. One struck Jean in the chest and he later died.

Dallas Police Officer Amber Renee Guyger, 30, was booked into Kaufman County Jail at 7.20pm on Sunday on a charge of manslaughter in the Thursday shooting of 26-year-old Botham Jean, jail records show.

Guyger posted bond of $300,000 and was released by 8.30pm. Kaufman deputies allowed her to leave by the rear of the jail, avoiding the gathered press, rather than the front of the building as is typical for bonded inmates, according to local reports.

However, the case will be presented to a grand jury, which could decide on more serious charges than manslaughter.

Dallas Police Association President Mike Matas says that three different investigators told him to warn Guyger to stay away from her apartment for her own safety, Fox 4 Dallas reports.

The group Mothers Against Police Brutality said the arrest is a “first step” toward justice and accountability.

In Texas, the penalty for a manslaughter conviction is between two and 20 years in prison.

The Texas Rangers, who took over the investigation on Friday, said the investigation is ongoing and declined to offer further information about the case. The Rangers, a law enforcement group equivalent to state police, ran the investigation to avoid the appearance of any potential bias, Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall said at a press conference on Friday.

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Source: Daily Mail