The Texas Rangers have decided to delay the search for an involuntary manslaughter order for a police officer who shot his neighbor and told him he had entered his apartment thinking it was his.
The Rangers took over Friday's investigation into 30-year-old agent Amber Guyger, who shot Botham Jean, 26, in an apartment block in south Dallas on Thursday night.
Although Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall told a news conference on Friday that her investigators were seeking an involuntary manslaughter order for Guyger, the Rangers quickly decided they needed to investigate further before proceeding.
"When the Rangers arrived, the investigation was handed over to them and they made the decision to postpone the execution of an order, until they could follow up on the information they received from the interview with the officer," Dallas police said in a statement. .
Botham Jean, 26, was shot dead by agent Amber Guyger, 30, at his apartment in South Dallas on Thursday night. Guyger said he entered the department thinking it was his own
"The Texas Rangers will take the appropriate time to review the large amount of evidence and information secured by investigators from the Dallas Police Department, which will allow them to be thorough in their decision on how to move forward," the statement continued.
The Rangers, a law enforcement group equivalent to the state police, took over the investigation to avoid the appearance of any possible bias, said Chief Hall.
The perplexing incident took place around 9:59 pm on Thursday, when Guyger had just finished his full shift.
According to Guyger, she mistakenly entered the apartment, believing it was her home, and had a kind of confrontation with Jean that ended when she shot the man with his service weapon.
Guyger, who was wearing a uniform, immediately called 911 to report that she had been involved in a shooting, the researchers said.
Police and paramedics administered the help at the scene, and Jean was taken to a hospital in the area, where he was pronounced dead.
Immediately after the shooting he was captured in images posted by a neighbor, showing a uniformed officer crying on his phone on a catwalk in the apartment block.
A new recording of the sequel to the deadly shooting of Botham Jean, 26, conducted by a policewoman on Thursday, shows a policewoman crying on her phone after the incident
After the policewoman leaves, the doctors come with Jean in a cart while they try to revive him frantically.
She is heard shouting "My God!" on the phone before it gets out of sight.
Moments later, the victim is detained on a stretcher while the doctors desperately try to revive him. Four officers follow him directly and another runs to reach him.
Dallas police revealed on Saturday that Guyger had worked for the Dallas Police Department for four years in the Southeast Patrols Division.
"She's devastated," a Dallas police officer near Guyger told Dallas News. & # 39; She is like that, I'm sorry for this family & # 39;
Guyger, the only woman in an elite team of 10 agents making high-risk arrests, shot another man in 2017, this time a suspect who had taken his Taser.
Uvaldo Pérez, 47, was beaten once in the abdomen, but he survived and was sentenced to two years accused of drug trafficking. Guyger was found justified in that shooting.
The policewoman moved to the South Side Flats about a month ago, but she had never met Jean. According to the police, he returned home with his uniform after a shift and then called the office to tell him that he had shot a man.
She later told the officers they answered that she believed the victim's apartment was his when she entered.
The responding officers administered first aid to Jean, a native of the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, who attended Harding University in Arkansas and worked for the accounting and consulting firm PwC. Jean was taken to a hospital, where she died.
Guyger was tested for drugs and alcohol, but the results are not immediately available, according to Police Chief Renee Hall.
Hall refused to speculate whether fatigue or other factors, including race, may have influenced the shooting.
"At the moment, there are more questions than answers," Hall said at a press conference. She said she spoke with Jean's sister to express the apartment's condolences to the family.
The apartment complex is only a few blocks away from the Dallas police headquarters.
Jean grew up on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia and studied at Harding University in Arkansas. He looks up in a Facebook picture
Authorities believe that Guyger was confronted by Jean, who pointed his gun and fired. He appears in a Facebook photo, on the left, and directs a university service on September 21, 2017.
Residents of the building said they can access their units with a key or a keypad code. It is not clear if the door of Jean's apartment was locked at the time of the incident.
Jeffrey Scherzer, who lives in the complex, said that when he returned home late at night, an officer accompanied him to his apartment and warned him to stay away from a trail of blood.
Jean's mother, Allison, suggested in an interview on Friday that her son could still be alive if he were white. Jean is black and Guyger is white.
"I did not know she was white until now, if she was a white man, would she have been different? Would she have reacted differently?" She told KXAS.
Allison, who has held positions in the government of Santa Lucia, where she lives and where her son grew up, said that the death of her son "seems like a nightmare."
State Senator Royce West also raised the racial aspect of the shooting and said at a press conference on Saturday: "Is this a white-on-black crime? Yes, "he said, according to the Star-Telegram.
"He was a Dallas white and female police officer who shot and killed a person from Saint Lucia of African descent.
? Is this a crime related to race? I would not hold any kind of decision I made about what happened until all the facts come in. "
West said Guyger entered the department through an open door: "We need to find out if there was a personal relationship," he said. There are so many facts that must be analyzed before determining what type of homicide this is.
Jean was remembered as a devout Christian who regularly led worship when he was at Harding University, a private Christian institution
Jean graduated from Harding University in 2016, and appears in the photo speaking there in 2014
The government of Saint Lucia issued a statement on Friday in which it expressed its "shock" for the murder and extended its condolences to the Jean family. He said officials at his embassy in the United States would provide assistance to the family.
Harding University said Friday that Jean often ran worship services on campus when he was a student.
Family and friends described Jean as a devout Christian and a talented singer. His uncle Ignatius Jean said the murder left the relatives devastated and in search of answers.
"You want to think it's fiction … and you have to deal with reality," he said.
Jean's sister, Allisa Charles-Findley, said she needed "answers for my little brother."
"Last week I was thinking about what to give you for your birthday," he wrote on Facebook, "now I have to go find your chest."
Agent Guyger said he mistakenly entered Jean's apartment (pictured Thursday from the street) thinking it was his own
The shooting occurred just before 10 p.m. Thursday at the South Side Flats in South Dallas
Neighbor Alyssa Kinsey told The Dallas Morning News that Jean helped her move new furniture to her apartment shortly after she moved into the building with her family in April.
"I'll remember his smile," he said. & # 39; Simply lit a room & # 39;
Nathan Monan, a friend from Harding University, said that Botham Jean was kind to everyone and that he often led people to sing during the chapel.
"He lived what he said," Monan said, adding that Jean's death has aroused emotions of overwhelming sadness and anger. & # 39; This does not make sense to anyone at this time & # 39;
A YouTube video published in 2014 shows Jean making his presentation to become the president of the university's student association.
"I want to serve," he says in the video. "The My Harding experience has really inspired me to want to serve and I want all Harding students to have the best possible experience with Harding."