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The white Dallas cop who mistakenly entered, her black neighbor’s apartment in September, and killed him, thinking he was a burglar in her own home, told emergency dispatchers, “I’m going to lose my job,” in a 911 call after the shooting occurred.
Amber Guyger, who was indicted for manslaughter after the shooting on Sept. 6, 2018 can also be heard, saying: “I thought it was my apartment” 20 times during the almost 6 minutes with the phone recording, obtained by ABC affiliate in Dallas, WFAA.
Guyger, who had been with the Dallas Police Department for four years before she was fired after the incident, lived in the same apartment complex as the 26-year-old victim, Botham Jean. Their apartments are on separate floors perpendicular to each other.
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This file photo provided by the Mesquite Police Department gives an Amber Guyger, taken Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. The former Dallas police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in his own home told a 911 dispatcher “I thought it was my apartment” almost 20 times as she waited for the emergency services to arrive.
(Mesquite Police department via AP)
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“I’m an off-duty officer. I thought I was in my apartment and I shot a man who thought he was, thought it was my apartment,” she says in the interview.
The lawyer of Jean’s family, Daryl Washington, told Fox News on Tuesday, the call confirmed “what we already all the time.”
“At no time has she felt she was in danger or someone else was in danger,” said Washington of Guyger, pointing to the fact that they never mentioned in the phone call that she believed Jean possessed a firearm or that he had brought to her in any way.
Washington has also pointed out that Guyger seemed more upset about the loss of her job and then shoot Jean.
“Even if they made a mistake, that would not be your first thought,” he said.
At 9:59 pm Guyger allegedly parked on the fourth floor of the Flats on the South side apartment complex by accident, although her apartment is located on the third floor. They then went to Jean’s apartment through the partially ajar door and pulled her gun when she saw that “a large silhouette” in the apartment, according to the police arrest warrant affidavit that told Guyger’s version of events. Jean ignored her verbal commands, and they shot at him twice, hitting him once, fatally, in the trunk.
“I thought it was my apartment. I thought the apartment. I could have sworn I parked on the third floor,” Guyger can be heard saying in the 911 call.
In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo provided by Harding University in Searcy, Ark., Botham Jean leads worship at a university presidential reception in Dallas. Jean was shot and killed in his home in September 2018 by its neighbour, Amber Guyger, a Dallas police officer returning home from work, who saw his apartment for her own.
(Jeff Montgomery/Harding University via AP, File)
The former officer’s blood was drawn at the place of the shooting for the testing of drugs and alcohol, although the results have not yet been released.
“I’m so tired,” Guyger said in the conversation, seems to be confused as to how she ended up in the wrong apartment.
“Oh, my god. I’m done with it. I didn’t mean to. I didn’t mean to. I didn’t mean to. I’m sorry,” she said, seemingly to Jean, who was born and raised on the Caribbean Island of St. Lucia.
“Unfortunately, there is an underlying fear of African-American men,” Washington said. “Police shoot first, ask questions later.”
Guyger was investigated at least nine times for her behavior prior to the fatal shooting in September, but all the cases were dropped, including one other instance where she shot and wounded a man during a police stop in May 2017.
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Her trial with Jean is set to begin on Monday, Aug. 12.