UPDATED | September 9, 2018, 9:51 PM

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas officer Amber Guyger who fatally shot 26-year-old Botham Jean after mistaking his apartment for her own was arrested and charged with manslaughter, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

She was booked into the Kaufman County Jail on Sunday. The sheriff’s office said she posted her $300,000 bond Sunday evening and has been released.

amber Dallas Officer Amber Guyger Arrested, Charged With Manslaughter In Death Of Botham Jean

Amber Guyger mugshot (Kaufman County Jail)

Late Thursday evening, the off-duty Dallas officer, who was still in uniform, shot and killed Jean in his apartment at the Southside Flats complex after she apparently mistook his unit as her own.

Dallas police put the Texas Rangers in charge of the investigation, which is why, according to Police Chief Renee Hall, a warrant was put on hold for her arrest. The department had requested a warrant on Friday.

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Botham Jean

Guyger was officially identified on Saturday as the officer who killed the 26-year-old. She has been with the Dallas Police Department for four years.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, she was arrested in Kaufman County on Sunday after a warrant was issued for her arrest by the 7th District Court in Dallas County.

At a press conference Sunday evening before the news of Guyger’s arrest, attorney S. Lee Merritt, who represents Botham’s family, said his team had new evidence in the case but could not release it publicly while they work with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. The legal team has not yet released a statement on her arrest.

When reached out for a comment on the arrest, the Dallas Police Department referred back to the Texas Rangers on the investigation.

The Texas Rangers, along with the Dallas County DA, are continuing to investigate what exactly happened the evening Botham Jean was killed and what led to the shooting. The initial investigation warranted a manslaughter charge for Guyger. No additional information was released Sunday evening in the statement.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings released a statement Sunday evening that said:

“I want to thank the Texas Rangers for thoroughly investigating this tragic case from the moment the Dallas Police Department requested that they take over on Friday morning. I am grateful to Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall for her leadership and foresight in calling for the Rangers to handle the investigation to ensure there was no appearance of bias. I also greatly appreciate that our citizens and community leaders were so respectful of the investigative process over these past few days. Please continue to pray for the family of Botham Jean tonight and in the weeks and months ahead.”

Jean’s family arrived in Dallas Saturday morning and met with Mayor Mike Rawlings before attending a vigil in the afternoon at the 26-year-old’s church.

“Botham loved God. Botham loved you. Botham loved mankind. Botham never saw color, race. Botham wanted all of us to unite,” said his mother Allison Jean.

He was a native of St. Lucia and studied at Harding University. He worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas.

Comments (63)
  1. Jamie Vaccaro says:

    There is a story. You don’t just walk into another apartment, on a completely different floor and not realize it’s not your stuff. Also, her key fob only opened her door. How did the door get opened? I do not believe this is just another cop on black killing.

    1. Chelsea Cameron says:

      Keyfob doors? Wow. Yeah, that takes some doing to open the completely wrong door!

    2. Shakira Graham says:

      She was banging on the door yelling “Let me in.” He opened the door and she opened fire is what I have heard from multiple sources.

    3. Dominick Perez says:

      She was high on crystal meth, there’s your story…

  2. Michael Durant says:

    boy and girls can you spell cover up! too much time has elapse before she could be arrested and now the legal team has new evidence they are going to try to smear his name and get her off

    1. Goldie Holzer says:

      Re-read it. It’s not HER attorney that has new evidence. IT’s HIS. Which means there’s more to the story than manslaughter.

  3. John Wallach says:

    After she allegedly, not apparently. ” Apparently” betrays a bias on the side of the killer, by taking the killer’s version of what happened for granted.

    1. Sorry, armchair lawyer, but you’re wrong. The term “allegedly” is an absolutely normal, formal term that is used until the person has been charged and convicted successfully. You know the phrase “innocent until proven guilty”, yeah? That’s what that is. Don’t be a fool.

    2. Ah, I see you were complaining about the use of the word “apparently”, not “allegedly”. Still, I don’t think your claim has any merit at all. The author used the term “apparently” and even if you believe that shows some kind of “bias” on the author’s part, they aren’t the ones in charge of the investigation, so what’s your concern?

      1. Anthony Banks says:

        Apparently implies truth to claim. For example the statement of “apparently hes doing pretty well in class” bears no merit because it has not been proven, just implies that the situation is as stated. Implication in reporting causes issues with many because a lot of people take implication to be truth. Since the facts are not all present it is the better choice to use allegedly rather than apparently so as to avoid implication and further issue.

  4. This wasn’t manslaughter-it was murder. She had a choice and she made the wrong one. She should have been denied bail. She should have been charged with murder. She threw out all her training and was not new on the job-she had 4 years in. It didn’t matter if this man was black or not-she failed her training and herself when she chose to enter with a loaded weapon and fired her gun. That isn’t accidental-that was making a bad choice when she should have known better. Was drug testing done? Had she complained of PTSD or other issues such as being overworked prior to this? Probably not.

    1. Brian Maziasz says:

      I didn’t know you were there, thanks for clearing that up !!! smh !

  5. Harry Thorpe says:

    There are questions that need to be answered. I guess the biggest one for me: how did she gain access to the apartment? Was the door open? Did she knock? Forgetting that question for one moment, how could you go into another apartment, even one with the same layout as your own, and NOT recognize that your furnishings are not in this apartment? HOW? The apartment below mine is identical in the layout, and I have been in it. I would not confuse it with my own even with the lights off.

    There are vital facts missing from this killing. The current “facts” just don’t add up. There are other factors, and those factors are usually liquor, drugs and/or sex. I will cover all bets that at least one is in this story. If the officer is lying, the charges need to be amended. Would the man be dead if he were White? HE WAS IN HIS OWN APARTMENT AND HE WAS MURDERED. Manslaughter? Are you kidding me?

  6. Adrienne Alexander says:

    Something is definitely FISHY about this. If it doesn’t sound true, it isn’t. After all, she can say whatever she wants, the guy she shot and killed can’t.

  7. Cousin Avi says:

    Why is CBS news describing the event with “after she APPARENTLY mistook his apartment for her own”? This is the explanation given by the accused – it should not be reported as fact, or described as APPARENT.

  8. Dominick Perez says:

    What is her drug of choice? I’m guessing crystal meth…

  9. Lamont Williams says:

    I can’t buy this mistaken apartment story. In my more than 60 years on this earth I’ve never, sane, sick, sober or skunked, never gone to the wrong apartment or home. If the accounts reported that she banged on the door and asked to be let in are true, why would a thief or interloper let her in? This stinks to high heaven. She murdered him.

  10. Christopher Ventura says:

    If this was your brother or son and someone who is supposed to be trained and skilled in this field was killed would you really be worried about the verbage. Really!!!!!!!!!!! She messed up and has to pay the price

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