Off-Duty Cop Enters Wrong Apartment, Fatally Shoots Black Man

“Things are different inside and if you try your key and it doesn’t work, that should make you realize you’re at the wrong apartment.”



Activist Shaun King said in a tweet that Amber Guyger, the off-duty cop who claims she mistakenly shot Botham Jean, a man living in the same building as her, might actually be lying when she said his door was ajar.

In a new video apparently obtained by Jean’s neighbor, King shows the doors in the apartment building close automatically. In the clipping, the neighbor demonstrates unlocking her apartment door with a special key. A green light on the knob went green as the door unlocked. The woman then entered the apartment and let go of the door. The door automatically swung close and then locked.

Such doors are often seen in hotel rooms and are designed to swing close and lock automatically to guarantee the guests’ safety. Such a door was also installed on the entrance of Jean’s apartment.

The new revelation has cast fresh doubt on Guyger, who said the apartment door was ajar. It also gives credence to neighbors, who claimed they heard Guyger banging on the door and yelling, “Let me in.”



The off-duty cop who killed an African-American man after entering in his apartment has been identified.  Amber Guyger was charged with manslaughter for killing a man who was in his own house. According to Guyger, she shot him after he refused to obey her “verbal commands” and then called 911.

Guyger said she got into Botham Shem Jean’s apartment because the door was slightly open.  The officer said she thought she was in her own apartment after returning from a 12-hour shift.

She explained the room was completely dark at the time she fired. It was only after the officer turned on the lights that she realized she was in the wrong apartment which was one floor below her own apartment.

Almost 150 people marched to Dallas Police Headquarters for failing to make a timely arrest of the person who was responsible for Jean’s untimely death.  

However, two witnesses gave statements that contradict Guyger’s account, said Lee Merritt, the attorney representing Jean’s family.  According to the witnesses, Jean was a “meticulous” person who wouldn’t leave his apartment’s door ajar. They also said they heard a knock on the door before the shooting started and a woman’s voice before the shooting saying, “let me in.”

The officer was later released on a $300,000 bond. Her case will be presented to the Texas Ranger Division who would further investigate the matter.



An off-duty Texas cop entered the wrong home in an apartment building and reportedly killed an African-American man.

The incident occurred at the South Side Flats that were home to both Botham Shem Jean and the police officer.

The cop, whose name has not been released and was described as a “female Caucasian” by the police department, entered Jean’s home after her shift thinking it was hers. When she entered the house she encountered the 26-year-old.

That is when the fatal incident took place. The uniformed cop reportedly opened fire at Jean, however, it remains unclear how and why the cop shot him.

The officer then called 911 and Jean was rushed to hospital. However, he later succumbed to his injures at the hospital.

“This is a very unique situation. We have ceased handling it under our normal protocol as an officer-involved shooting,” said Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall.

Hall added, “Right now there are more questions than we have answers. We understand the concerns of this community, and that is why we are working as vigorously and as meticulously as we can to ensure the integrity of this case.”

The police chief further said the female cop had been placed on an administrative leave and investigators are seeking a warrant for manslaughter charge against her. Details of the officer would be released once charges are filed.

Jean’s family remembered him as a loving brother, son and a hard worker.

"Mainly, I will remember his advice. I would do stupid stuff at times and he would tell me what I needed to hear, even though it might hurt me, even though I might cry. He was real. He was down to earth,” said his brother Brandt Jean.

His mother, Alison, said, “Somebody has to be crazy not to realize that they walked into the wrong apartment. He’s a bachelor. Things are different inside and if you try your key and it doesn’t work, that should make you realize you’re at the wrong apartment. Every door for each apartment is also numbered.”

He was a graduated with a degree in accounting and management information systems from Harding University in 2016. He later joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in Texas after working as an intern.

The professional services and auditing firm also tweeted after Jean’s tragic demise.

“This is a terrible tragedy. Botham Jean was a member of the PwC family in our Dallas office and we are simply heartbroken to hear of his death,” the tweet read.

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