Dallas police, DA refuse to release Amber Guyger’s 911 call, other info in Botham Jean case

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Amber Guyger, right, fatally shot Botham Jean at the South Side Flats in Dallas Sept. 6. Photos: Courtesy/WFAA

(DALLAS NEWS) — The city of Dallas refuses to release a recording of the 911 call that Dallas police Officer Amber Guyger made after she fatally shot Botham Jean in his apartment last month.

An attorney for the city said in a letter dated Monday that the Police Department and Dallas County district attorney’s office are asking Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to allow them to withhold the 911 recording, which has been requested by The Dallas Morning News.

Assistant City Attorney Pavala Armstrong wrote that releasing the information would interfere with the investigation into the Sept. 6 shooting.

The News is asking for the recording to give the public a better understanding of what happened that night at the South Side Flats apartments, blocks away from police headquarters.

Some police departments release recordings of 911 calls soon after they are made. The Dallas County district attorney’s office in recent years has sought to prevent their release, saying it would compromise investigations.

First Assistant District Attorney Mike Snipes said Tuesday that the office hoped holding back information such as the 911 calls would cut back on pre-trial publicity. Snipes, the top prosecutor under District Attorney Faith Johnson, said the office wants to try the case in Dallas and not have a judge move it elsewhere in the state on grounds that jurors here have already made up their minds.

Jean’s death has been international news in the weeks since his death.

Guyger, 30, was off duty but in uniform when she shot the 26-year-old. She said she mistook his apartment in their building in the Cedars neighborhood for her own and thought he was a burglar.

In the days after the shooting, a law enforcement official told The News that Guyger had called 911 in tears just after the shooting.

“I thought it was my apartment,” she said repeatedly, and apologized to Jean, according to the official. “I’m so sorry.”

Police arrived within four minutes of her call, and paramedics rushed Jean to Baylor University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Three days later, Guyger was arrested on a manslaughter charge. Police Chief U. Renee Hall fired Guyger on Sept. 24.

Other records that police and prosecutors refuse to release include: Guyger’s personnel file, records related to her shooting of a man she said took her Taser during a struggle in 2017, Guyger’s clock-in and clock-out times the day of the shooting, Guyger’s annual salary, previous administrative leave with the department, other 911 calls about the shooting, Guyger’s work schedule, body camera and dash camera videos, and any off-duty jobs she was approved to work.

The city cited a variety of other reasons for withholding the information, including that the release of some items would represent “an unwanted invasion of personal privacy” and would be “highly intimate or embarrassing and of no legitimate concern to the public.”

The News is also seeking drug and alcohol test results from blood taken from Guyger the night of the shooting. Such records are typically not released to the public. They could be part of any criminal or civil court proceeding. Jean’s autopsy report is also still pending.

Jean, an accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, lived on the fourth floor in apartment 1478 of the South Side Flats. Guyger, an officer for four years, was his immediate downstairs neighbor.

Guyger told police the door to Jean’s apartment was unlocked and ajar. His family says he would have locked his door.

They also question Guyger’s version of events, including that she mistakenly went to the wrong apartment.

Jean was a native of the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. He was buried in his home country Sept. 24 in a cemetery that overlooks the sea.

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4 comments

  1. Everything about the way this is being handled and hushed up reeks.

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  2. It is clear the cops are hiding something. They release all this info about Jean, but "Do not want to give such personal information out" about the cop that murdered and innocent man. I lost faith in the police. They can murder anybody they want and hide the facts. This cop is a murderer and should be put in Jail. She knows she is screwed and so does the department. That is why they will bury any incriminating information about the ugly officer. It is a sad day when an innocent man is shot dead and the police will not give any answers that may put Jean's family as ease. it goes to show you, that the police are not here to serve and protect. Well protect themselves, but not innocent people.

    P.S. If someone makes a big mistake at their job, they usually get fired. Killing a innocent person by accident the way she did is just as bad as murder.

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  3. Verse of the Day

    October 4

    Judges 5:31

    31 “So may all your enemies perish, LORD! But may all who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.” Then the land had peace forty years.

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  4. The city cited a variety of other reasons for withholding the information, including that the release of some items would represent “an unwanted invasion of personal privacy” and would be “highly intimate or embarrassing and of no legitimate concern to the public.”

    Yeah like releasing that marijuana was found in his apartment. yeah right!

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