Evidence Disputes Police Narrative Of Botham Shem Jean Shooting

Two videos posted to Facebook by a neighbor of Botham Shem Jean raising more questions about police narrative

  • Family members and neighbors have disputed the police narrative of the shooting

  • In the affidavit for Guyger’s arrest warrant she claims Jean’s door was ajar

  • Two videos posted by Jean’s neighbor show the unique door and lock design at the apartment complex

Following the arrest of off-duty Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger for killing Botham Shem Jean on Thursday, the story behind the shooting is being questioned by family, neighbors, and social media users.

Guyger says she entered Jean’s apartment believing it was her own. Guyger claims she thought Jean was an intruder in her apartment, at which point she fired two shots. The arrest warrant affidavit alleges Jean’s door was ajar and pushed open when she tried to use her key.

Complainant Jean is the resident tenant of apartment #1478. Guyger, who is a Dallas Police Officer, lives in the same apartment complex, directly beneath the Complainant, in apartment #1378. Apartment #1378 and apartment #1478 and their respective interior floorplan are in most ways identical or extremely similar to the exterior surroundings, structure, and description of each other. Complainant Jean was home alone when Guyger, who had just ended her shift, but was still in her Dallas Police uniform, arrived at the apartment complex and parked her vehicle on the fourth floor of the parking garage, which should correspond to the floor the resident lives on. Guyger entered the building and walked down the fourth floor hallway to what she thought was her apartment. She inserted a unique door key, with an electronic chip, into the door key hole. The door, which was slightly ajar prior to Guyger’s arrival, fully opened under the force of the key insertion. Upon the door being opened, Guyger observed that the apartment interior was nearly completely dark. Additionally, the door being open alerted Complainant Jean to Guyger’s presence. Believing she had encountered a burglar, which was described as a large silhouette, across the room in her apartment; Guyger drew her firearm, gave verbal commands that were ignored by Complainant Jean. As a result, Guyger fired her handgun two times striking the Complainant one time in the torso. Guyger then entered the apartment, immediately called 911, requesting Police and EMS, and provided first aid to Complainant Jean. Due to the interior darkness of the apartment, Guyger turned on the interior lights while on the phone with 911. Upon being asked where she was located by emergency dispatchers, Guyger returned to the front door to observe the address and discovered she was at the wrong apartment (#1478). Guyger called 911 from her cell phone requesting an ambulance and police to the offense location. Complainant Jean was transported to Baylor Hospital where he died as a result of his injury. Guyger remained at the scene and informed the responding officers and the 911 operator that she thought she was at her apartment when she shot the Complainant. Guyger believed she was in her apartment and confronted by a burglar when she fired her handgun, striking and killing him.

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It seems odd that Guyger claims Jean’s door was ajar while all his lights were off. Neighbors of Jean have taken to social media to show conflicting claims in Guyger’s story. Aside from neighbors reporting they heard words exchanged between Jean and Guyger moments before the shooting, one neighbor in specific wanted to show how the unique door and lock system work at the apartments.

Melissa Ann posted two videos on her Facebook account that shows both how the electronic locks on the doors work and how the doors themselves work. The post has been shared over 19,000 times since it was uploaded on Monday. The caption with the video reads as follows.

So the affidavit says the door was “slightly ajar” when she entered the apt. Wrong. Not possible. I live in the same apt complex (South Side Flats – Dallas, TX) and all the doors do this. Nothing about this story adds up. Nothing.

In the first video, Ann shows how the electronic key and lock work on the apartment doors. Once the electronic key is placed in the door, a light on the lock lights up green. The lock will light up red with the wrong key. Once the light flashes green, a turn of the key opens the door.

After entering the apartment, Ann shows that the door slams shut, making the story that Jean’s door was ajar harder to believe. In her second video, Ann focuses on showing that the apartment doors are designed to not get stuck ajar. The videos add more questions to an extremely questionable narrative released by law enforcement.

Along with the videos showing how the door works, pictures show that Jean had a bright red doormat outside his door. Many have asked how Guyger did not notice the red doormat outside of his apartment. While police have stated Guyger worked a long shift, they have not officially commented that fatigue was a factor in the deadly shooting.

Dallas Police Department initially requested a warrant for manslaughter for Guyger, but a judge denied the request after stating what was described to him sounded like murder. Shortly after the warrant was denied, DPD handed the investigation over to the Texas Rangers.

The Texas Rangers withdrew the request for the manslaughter warrant pending an investigation. On Sunday, Guyger was taken into custody on Sunday and charged with manslaughter. Her $300,000 bail was posted shortly after the arrest, and she was released Sunday evening. While some have claimed Jean and Guyger knew each other prior to the shooting, there is no evidence of this being the case.

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