Amber Guyger Bio
Amber Guyger is a 31-year-old former Dallas police officer, who found guilty of murder for shooting a Saint Lucian businessman in his own apartment.
She is the white female officer who killed Botham Shem Jean on September 6, 2018. Jean was in his own apartment when the officer thought that she was her owns.
Botham Jean family attorney Ben Crump after the conviction of Amber Guyger:
"This verdict is for Trayvon Martin, it's for Michael Brown, it's for Sandra Bland, it's for Tamir Rice, it's for Eric Garner … for so many unarmed black and brown human beings all across America." pic.twitter.com/UWA1da32gj
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 1, 2019
Botham Shem Jean Murder
Guyger was a four-year veteran of the Dallas police force when she shot and killed Botham Shem Jean inside Jean’s Texas apartment.
Guyger alleged that she mistakenly entered the victim’s apartment, thinking it was her own after working overtime and perceived him as a threat.
He wasn’t doing anything wrong; Jean was just eating ice cream and watching TV when he was shot. Jurors rejected Guyger’s contention that she was operating in self-defense because she thought he was an intruder.
She used her service weapon to shoot him. The judge allowed the jury to consider a Castle Doctrine or Stand Your Ground defense for Guyger as well as whether she was guilty of murder or manslaughter. The jurors chose murder.
According to NBC Dallas, Guyger could face between 5 and 99 years in prison on a murder conviction. She could have faced between 2 and 20 years in prison on a manslaughter conviction. Jurors asked for definitions of manslaughter and the Castle Doctrine at one point in their deliberations.
Amber Guyger Cried
Guyger took the stand in her own defense at trial. “I was scared this person in this apartment was going to hurt me, and I’m so sorry,” an emotional Guyger testified. “…I have to live with that every single day. No police officer would ever want to hurt an innocent person.”
According to NBC News, Guyger lived one floor above Jean in the apartment complex. He was likely startled when she burst into his apartment and was either getting up from the sofa or “cowering” when Guyger shot him, prosecutors argued.
Amber Guyger Facts
During investigations, Amber told that she was surprised with Jean’s presence in the apartment Guyger thought it was hers.
- Furthermore, she just finished the 15 hours long shift and was extremely tired.
- The 30-year-old officer was on the wrong floor at the time of the incident.
- Moreover, Jean’s neighbor “Alyssa Kinsey” also heard the sound of the gunshot.