This Sept. 21, 2017, photo by Harding University in Search, Ark., let Botham Jean to lead worship at a university presidential reception in Dallas. The authorities said Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, that a Dallas police officer returning home from work shot and killed Jean, a neighbor, when she said that she mistook his apartment for her own. The officer called dispatch to report that she had shot the man Thursday night, police said. (Jeff Montgomery/Harding University via AP)
DALLAS – Dallas police officer who says that she accidentally went to the wrong apartment after work earlier this week and fatally shot a black man also fired her weapon and wounded a man during a duty confrontation in 2017, according to the court documents.
Dallas police on Saturday with the name Amber Guyger, a four-year veteran, as the off-duty white officer who shot and killed 26-year-old Botham Jean on Thursday evening.
According to the police, Guyger said that they return home in uniform after her shift and went to the wrong apartment, believing that it is her own. She called dispatch to report that she had shot a man. Jean died later in a hospital. Few other details have been released, although the police said they took a blood sample from her to test.
Jean’s mother asked whether race was a factor in the shooting.
“If a white man would it have been different? Would they have reacted differently?” Allison Jean told Dallas’ NBC affiliate, KXAS, on Friday.
A lawyer for Jean’s family, Lee Merritt, said Saturday that an arrest warrant was issued Guyger. Dallas police initially said that they would try to arrest him, but then handed the case over to the Texas Rangers, who asked for more time to investigate.
A sworn statement of a case from a year ago shows that Guyger shot another man while on-duty in Dallas.
On May 12, 2017, police are looking for a suspect, when Guyger was one of two officers called in to assist another officer. Suspicious Uvaldo Perez got out of a car and was combative with Guyger and another officer, according to a statement filed in the case against Perez. A battle started and Guyger fired her Taser at Perez, who then wrested away her Taser. Guyger drew her gun and fired, wounding Perez in the abdomen.
Guyger was not charged in the 2017 to shoot.
On Saturday, two days after Guyger killed Jean, friends and family gathered at the Dallas West Church of Christ to remember him.
“Botham did everything with passion,” Allison told Jean the prayer service. “God gave me an angel.”
Botham Jean grew up in St. Lucia, a Caribbean island country. He attended Harding University in Arkansas, and, after her graduation in 2016, and has lived and worked in Dallas at the accounting and consulting firm PwC. The Arkansas private school said Friday that he often led campus religious services, while he was a student.
Family and friends described Jean as a devout Christian and a talented singer. His uncle, Ignatius Jean said that the dead left family members devastated and looking for answers.
“You want to think it is fiction … and you have to struggle with the reality,” he said.