On Saturday, the Dallas police successfully identified the officer who entered the wrong apartment and shot down the resident over there. However, Texas Rangers have postponed the decision to pursue any arrest warrant.
Amber Guyger, the officer involved has been with the force for four years. She allegedly went into the wrong apartment in her building on Thursday and shot dead 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean who was a native of the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.
Reneé Hall, the Chief of Dallas Police said on Friday that the department is in the process of obtaining a warrant for manslaughter. However, the investigation was turned over to the Texas Rangers.
Police said on Saturday that the Texas Rangers have made a decision to postpone pursuing a warrant, till the time they could follow up on information that they have received from the officer’s interview.
An attorney who is representing Jean’s family said on Saturday that from what they have heard, there is enough evidence for at least a charge of manslaughter. The family wants that the officer should be treated like any other person accused of a crime. He said that a warrant should be issued and an arrest be made as soon as possible.
Lee Merritt, an attorney for the family said after a vigil at Dallas West Church of Christ that since there is a probable cause that a crime has been committed in this jurisdiction, it is incumbent upon the district attorney’s office to issue a warrant for the arrest of the officer involved in the case.
He said that they are calling on the Rangers and on the district attorney’s office at this time to make this happen swiftly.
The Police stated that the incident occurred just before 10 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET) at the South Side Flats, which is an upscale apartment building south of Dallas’ downtown. The officer now identified as Guyger was off-duty.
On Friday, the police issued a statement in which it said that the officer returned after her shift to what she believed to be her apartment and when she encountered Mr. Botham Shem Jean inside the apartment she was still in uniform.
The Police added that it is not yet clear what conversation the officer had with the victim but at one point the officer fired her weapon and struck Jean and officer called 911. Firefighters took Jean to a nearby hospital where he died.
The officer’s blood sample was taken to test for any alcohol or drugs.