White cop accused in black neighbour’s death fired

A white police officer accused of fatally shooting her black neighbor inside his own apartment was sacked Monday for "adverse conduct", the Dallas Police Department said in a statement.

Guyger maintains she shot Jean on September 6 after mistakenly entering his apartment, which was directly above hers.

Guyger, who came home from her shift in uniform, said she had mistakenly gone to Jean's apartment one floor above her own and managed to enter because the door was slightly ajar, according to an arrest warrant affidavit posted online by local media. According to DPD's general rules, "The Chief of Police may circumvent all formal disciplinary procedures to render an immediate decision when it deems it necessary to preserve the integrity of the department". When she opened the door, she saw the interior was almost completely dark, according to the affidavit. Gyger believed she was confronted with an intruder and proceeded to shoot Jean.

Hall told reporters Monday she waited until the "critical portion" of the investigation was complete before firing Guyger. She was charged for manslaughter -a less grievous charge than murder - and subsequently released.

A white police officer accused of fatally shooting her black neighbor inside his own apartment has been dismissed, the police department announced Monday.

S. Lee Merritt, an attorney for the Jean family, said the police chief informed the family of the department's decision on Sunday night and they supported the move. "The Ranger investigation hasn't given us much hope". The swift termination of any officer who engages in misconduct that leads to the loss of innocent life is essential if the Dallas Police Department is to gain and maintain the public trust.

The Jean family expressed satisfaction in this explanation and in Guyger's termination.

Guyger called 911 and, when asked where she was, returned to the front door to see she was in the wrong unit, according to the affidavit. She then drew her gun and fired, wounding Perez in the abdomen.

The Dallas County medical examiner's office said Jean died of a gunshot wound to the chest and abdomen. He had worked for the PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting firm in Dallas since graduating. Her attorneys have said she has been in hiding since.

  • Rogelio Becker