Guyger told investigators she thought she had encountered an intruder and that "the person did not follow her commands.
Lee Merritt, one of the attorneys for Jean's family, has said that two independent witnesses cast doubt on Guyger's narrative and told him they heard knocking on the door in the hallway before the shooting. Jean, a year-old native of St. Lucia, died at the hospital. His mother, Allison Jean, has said that he had moved to Dallas to work for accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. Jean's family filed a federal lawsuit against Guyger and the city of Dallas in October , alleging Guyger used excessive force and violated his civil rights.
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Follow NBC News. Disturbing new audio of call from off-duty officer who shot man inside his own apartment April 30, Lee Merritt said Monday. Guyger's Fifth Amendment protections specifically so that her termination action wouldn't compromise the criminal matter and lead to, really, the criminal allegations being thrown out altogether," he told CNN. The Fifth Amendment prohibits self-incrimination and double jeopardy, and guarantees due process for those accused of crimes.
Guyger, 30, said she shot and killed Jean , 26, after she thought she was entering her own apartment, not realizing she was on the wrong floor of her building, police have said. The shooting took place September 6.
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An internal affairs investigation concluded that Guyger "engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for manslaughter" on September 9, according to a police statement. Under civil service rules, Guyger has the right to appeal her discipline, the statement reads. In the criminal case, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson has said a grand jury could charge Guyger with a stiffer crime than manslaughter. While Allison Jean was relieved by the news of Guyger's termination, calling it a "satisfactory solution," the family would still like to see Guyger indicted on a murder charge, Merritt said.
The attorney is preparing a civil rights claim in Jean's death. He said Guyger's termination makes his case stronger because it shows the city and police department think Guyger "obviously engaged in behavior that doesn't comport with a police officer," he said.
Botham Jean was scheduled to be laid to rest Monday in his native St. At a September 13 ceremony in Richardson, Texas, hundreds gathered to remember the "extroverted accountant" who "shared his love with everyone. Guyger, who is white, was off-duty when she encountered Jean, an unarmed black man, in his apartment, police said.
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Still in her uniform, Guyger parked on the fourth floor of the complex and walked to what she believed was her apartment, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. The door was slightly ajar as she tried to use her key, which has an electronic chip.
When she opened the door, she saw the interior was almost completely dark, according to the affidavit. She described seeing a large silhouette and, believing there was an intruder in her apartment, drew her firearm.