Dallas police officer who fatally shot man after entering wrong apartment identified, had fired her weapon last year

The Dallas police officer who fatally shot a 26-year-old man after entering the wrong apartment in her building on Thursday night had fired her weapon last year, according to court documents.

Officer Amber Guyger was identified Saturday as the four-year force veteran who killed Botham Jean after entering a home she believed was her own.

"If it was a white man would it have been different? Would she have reacted differently?" the victim's mother Allison Jean told KXAS on Friday.

Dallas cops initially said they would seek Guyger's arrest, but they have instead handed the case over to the Texas Rangers.

"The Texas Rangers had the opportunity to interview the officer," Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall said during a press conference. "Based on that interview, they asked us to hold off on the warrant until they had an opportunity to investigate some of the information that was provided during that interview."

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Lawyer Lee Merritt, a lawyer for Jean's family, said Saturday that an arrest warrant should be issued.

"Everyone that we've spoken to today has presented enough evidence that there was at least enough evidence for a charge of manslaughter," the lawyer said.

Guyger shot another man while on-duty in Dallas, according to an affidavit from a 2017 case.

She was one of two officers called to assist another officer when suspect Uvaldo Perez got out of a car and became combative. Guyger fired her Taser at Perez, but he was able to knock it away. Guyger pulled out her gun and fired, wounding Perez.

Friends and family gathered at a Dallas West Church of Christ to remember Jean on Saturday.

"Botham did everything with passion," Allison Jean told the prayer service. "God gave me an angel."

Botham Jean grew up in St. Lucia, a country in the Caribbean. He attended Harding University in Arkansas and lived and worked in Dallas.

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