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May 21, 2019

Family of Botham Jean to file lawsuit against former Dallas police officer who fatally shot him

September 27, 2018
Botham Jean was fatally shot by former Officer Amber Guyger earlier this month. (Handout)

The family of a 26-year-old Dallas man fatally shot by a police officer plans to file an excessive force lawsuit against the cop and the city.

Lee Merritt, who is representing Botham Jean’s loved ones, told the Daily News on Wednesday that the lawsuit likely will be filed after a grand jury decides on charges against Amber Guyger.

“It’s holding the city accountable for the actions of the police officer,” Merritt said when asked about the lawsuit.

Guyger claimed she drove to the wrong floor of the apartment complex on Sept. 6 when she entered the home of Jean, her upstairs neighbor. Believing that Jean was an intruder, she fired twice.

Amber Guyger was fired from the Dallas Police Department on Monday.
Amber Guyger was fired from the Dallas Police Department on Monday. (Handout)

She was arrested and charged with manslaughter three days later, but a grand jury could decide on more serious charges against her.

Guyger claimed that Jean’s door was ajar when she tried to put her key in the door, but witnesses said they heard loud knocking that night.

“This is a bizarre series of events that does not make any sense at all,” Merritt told The News earlier this month.

Guyger was fired from the department on Monday, the same day that Jean was buried in his Caribbean homeland of St. Lucia. She has since moved out of the apartment.

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