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Authorities: Dallas officer arrested on manslaughter charge

Authorities: Dallas officer arrested on manslaughter charge

The Texas Rangers had taken over the investigation and obtained the manslaughter warrant from the 7th District Court in Dallas County, said Lt. Lonny Haschel, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman.

The Dallas police officer who apparently shot a man in error in his own apartment last week was involved in a previous officer-involved shooting, the department announced Saturday. In 2017, Guyger shot 47-year-old Uvaldo Perez, who had wrestled a Taser away from her.

Guyger fatally shot 26-year-old Botham Jean on Thursday at Jean's apartment.

Dallas police identified an officer late Saturday who is accused of shooting a man to death after she mistakenly entered his apartment, thinking it was her own.

"This family is grieving that that has not happened yet", said attorney Lee Merritt, who represents Jean's family, at a prayer vigil regarding the delay in arresting Guyger, according to the Associated Press. Lawyers for Jean's family had been calling for Guyger's arrest, saying the fact that she had remained free days after the shooting showed she was receiving favorable treatment.

"The Rangers had an opportunity to interview the officer", Hall said Saturday during a community event at Paul Quinn College, according to Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA.

Mr Jean is due to be buried on his native St. Lucia on Thursday.

'Right now, there are more questions than we have answers, ' Hall told a news conference. ("This is an worldwide story as well because we're an global city", he said.) He also reported speaking with Gov. Greg Abbott, who gave assurances that the Texas Rangers would deliver a transparent, independent investigation and "justice will be served in the long run".

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Police said it wasn't clear what interaction occurred between Jean and Guyger leading to the shooting. "This family is upset", Merritt said, standing beside Allison Jean as they faced a half-dozen television cameras at the back of the church auditorium.

He had recently graduated from Harding University in Arkansas and had been working in Dallas since 2016.

Sammie spoke to Jean's mother and sister as they were preparing to board a plane to Dallas. She said the decision to hand over the investigation was made "to ensure total transparency in our operations". Jean didn't know the Dallas cop, reports say.

On Friday, Hall said the department was in the process of filing an arrest warrant for manslaughter, but Guyger remains uncharged. Would she have reacted differently?' she told KXAS.

The island country's government issued a statement Friday expressing "shock" at the killing and extending condolences to the Jean family. The family asked that Jean be remembered as a youth pastor, singer and good friend and family member - and not as the focus of speculation or political agendas, the station reported.

Jean's mother shared stories with the mayor about her late son, "how he loved everybody", "how much he loved Dallas", "didn't really see color" and "always had a smile on his face", according to Rawlings.

"You want to think it's fiction. and you have to grapple with the reality", he said.

She said she met Jean when she first moved into the South Side Flats in April.


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