Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger, who is facing a manslaughter charge after fatally shooting 26-year-old Botham Jean in his Cedars apartment Sept. 6, was fired Monday.
Police said in a news release that Police Chief U. Renee Hall fired Guyger after an internal investigation found she had engaged in “adverse conduct” when she was charged with manslaughter.
The firing came after widespread calls for action against Guyger, who had been on administrative leave since the shooting. Her employment status even became an issue in the U.S. Senate race between Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
Guyger is allowed to appeal the decision under civil service rules, police said.
The announcement came shortly before Hall stepped into a City Council Public Safety & Criminal Justice Committee hearing.
Her decision to fire the officer contradicted statements Hall had made in recent days, in which she said she wouldn’t fire Guyger yet.
The chief said at a town-hall meeting Tuesday that she couldn’t fire Guyger before an internal investigation was completed. Hall’s chief of staff, Thomas Taylor, said the internal investigation was on hold until a criminal investigation into Guyger was complete.
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.
“As an employer, DPD can compel Officer Guyger to provide a statement during a DPD administrative investigation and those statements given to DPD could potentially compromise the criminal investigation,” Hall said in a written statement.
The Dallas Police Department turned over the investigation to the Texas Rangers. The Dallas County District Attorney’s office is also conducting its own investigation.
In a statement Monday, a spokesman for the Texas Rangers said the agency is continuing to investigate the shooting. Once the Rangers’ investigation is complete, it’ll be turned over to the district attorney’s office.
SOURCE: Dana Branham
The Dallas Morning News