Amber Guyger

Credit: Kaufman county Sheriff's Department

Affidavit: Dallas Officer Says Neighbor Ignored "Verbal Commands" Before Shooting Him

September 10, 2018 - 3:31 pm

DALLAS (KRLD) - Some documents obtained by 1080 KRLD has shed some more light on what happened the night a Dallas police officer shot and killed a man inside his own apartment.

A police affidavit shows that officer Amber Guyger was on the wrong floor of her apartment complex when she tried to open the door to the apartment directly above her own.

According to the affidavit, Guyger inserted a unique door key, with an electronic chip, into the door. The door, which was slightly ajar prior to Guyger's arrival, fully opened under the force of the key insertion. Guyger says the apartment was nearly completely dark when she believed she encountered a burglar, who was later identified as the resident of the apartment, 26-year old Botham Jean. Guyger says Jean ignored her "verbal commands" before she fired twice, striking him once in the torso. 

Guyger then entered the apartment, immediately called 911 and began providing first aid to Jean. Beacuse of the darkness of the apartment, Guyger turned on the lights while on the phone with 911. Upon being asked where she was located by emergency dispatchers, Guyger returned to the front door and discovered she was at the wrong apartment.

Jean was transported to Baylor Hospital where he died as a result of his injury. 

Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson told the media Monday that her office will present their case to the grand jury, which could decide on more serious charges than manslaughter.