Personal Injury Blog

Dallas Police Officer Fatally Shoots Innocent Man in His Own Apartment

By: Matthew Tievsky

Another wrongful shooting by a police officer has set off an uproar around the country. On September 6, Dallas police officer Amber Guyger finished her shift and was still in her police gear when she returned to her apartment building. Officer Guyger lived on the third floor of the building, but she went to fourth floor, where she opened the door to someone else’s apartment – a man named Botham Jean, who was at home and was not suspected of any crime. Officer Guyger then shot and killed Jean.

How exactly this happened is still something of a mystery. News reports have indicated that Officer Guyger claims that she was tired, walked to the wrong floor, and opened the wrong door (which may have been unlatched) because she mistakenly believed she was at her own apartment. These reports further indicate that Officer Guyger, believing she was at her own apartment, was surprised by Jean’s presence, believed he was an intruder, and shot him. However attorneys for Jean’s family have claimed that witnesses in the building overheard Officer Guyger shouting at Jean to let her into the apartment, suggesting that the shooting may have been intentional.

Cases like these illustrate that police officers sometimes make terrible mistakes. Cases like these also test the proposition that every person is accountable under the law for wrongfully injuring or killing someone. We at Chaikin Sherman Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. believe very strongly in that principle. If anyone you know has been hurt by police misconduct, you should contact our attorneys for a free consultation.