What police seized from Botham Jean’s apartment after fatal shooting

By WFAA

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Amber Guyger (left) in police custody.

(WFAA) — Two bullet casings, a police backpack and vest and 10.4 grams of marijuana were seized from Botham Jean’s apartment, where he was fatally shot by a Dallas police officer last week, according to a search warrant affidavit returned this week.

A lunch box, a laptop computer, a metal marijuana grinder, two radio frequency identification keys – the type of keys used to enter units at the South Side Flats, where Jean lived – and two used packages of medical aid were also seized from the apartment.

A source with knowledge of the investigation told WFAA that the marijuana was found out in the open in the apartment. 10.4 grams is less than half of an ounce.

Jean was shot last Thursday night by officer Amber Guyger, who mistook Jean’s apartment for her own, authorities said. Guyger has been charged with manslaughter in Jean’s death and has been placed on administrative leave.

WFAA obtained the returned search warrant Thursday and has reached out to authorities to learn more about the seized items.

The Texas Rangers, who handled the investigation, could not provide more information Thursday since “the case is now in the hands of hte Dallas County District Attorney,” said Lt. Lonny Haschel, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety. Dallas police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The search warrant was written by a Dallas police detective several hours after the shooting, before the Texas Rangers took over the investigation of the case. A search warrant obtained by WFAA on Monday initially showed two items seized from Jean’s apartment: A laptop and a cell phone.

Lee Merritt and Benjamin Crump, the attorneys for Jean’s family, learned of the latest search warrant details shortly after Jean’s funeral Thursday.

Merritt said the warrant “highlights just sort of the nefarious nature of their investigation.”

“They went in with the intent to look for some sort of criminal justification for the victim,” Merritt said. “It’s a pattern that we’ve seen before…we have a cop who clearly did something wrong. And instead of investigating the homicide – instead of going into her apartment and seeing what they can find, instead of collecting evidence relevant for the homicide investigation – they went out specifically looking for ways to tarnish the image of this young man.”

In cases where a person cannot voluntarily give consent for a search, then law requires investigators to obtain a search warrant. Otherwise, investigators would risk that the evidence that was obtained would later be thrown out by a judge.

Since Jean was the only person who lived in the apartment, law enforcement was able to search the entire apartment.

The search warrant affidavit said that Guyger had mistaken Jean’s apartment for her own and tried to enter the unit when Jean “confronted the officer at the door.”

A neighbor told police that he “heard an exchange of words, immediately followed by a at least two gunshots,” the DPD affidavit said.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, which was written by Texas Rangers investigators, Guyger mistakenly went to Jean’s apartment after parking on the wrong floor. She found Jean’s apartment door “slightly ajar,” the affidavit said, and inserted a key into the door, fully opening it.

Guyger then saw a “large silhouette” across the room and thought it was a burglar, the arrest warrant affidavit said.

She drew her firearm and yelled commands at Jean, according to the affidavit. Jean “ignored” the commands, so Guyger fired her gun twice, striking Jean, the affidavit said.

Jean was taken to Baylor University Medical Center, where he died.

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8 comments

  1. My goodness! How come no one was aware of this search warrant for his apartment? I knew all this silence from these authorities about this case, was that they had to create a scenario to give their colleague credibility for what transpired. God is Mighty to save, so we will be praying for justice to be served.
    This lady probably came from work stoned, that is why she mistook the apartment for hers. That is what drug does , it clouds your judgement, particularly if it is laced with other drugs. We need to see her toxicology report now! If her report was clean, they would have said so days ago.
    Maybe they might claim they both were engaged in this act. They know that all what they found belong to her.
    Please show/tell us what they found in her apartment or her car. Stop investigating like she is the victim and Botham is the criminal. She is the criminal, not him!

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  2. Yes now the day of memorial is there marijuana, bullet casings, jackets andwhat not is poor Botham own. Lord that's why I say karma is a bitch. The Jean family should sue the entire state and don't feel sorry for any body.. one day this bitch, wicked murderer will and shall pay for it.. God is always awake.. one day her turn will come. REST IN PERFECT PEACE BO. A child of God will always be saved..

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  3. Speak the truth Officer. The Almighty saw what you did. Remember judgement is from God Almighty. Just remember a guilty conscience is a load to carry until you too follow Mr. Jean .

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  4. I'm sure the 2 bullet caseing is from the 2 shits she fired and the police vest and back pack also belongs to her since she just came of duty.....soooo if in truth marijuana was found then it belonged to the murderer too.

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    • Certainly, this is an evil attempt to discredit the memory of Botham. But it won't work, the world has said he was a good man
      The murderer was given adequate time to plant evidence in Bo's apt and remove evidence from her own appartment.
      The Lord will be the judge in this case
      RIP

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  5. They already cooking up lies, I will not be surprise if they claim he was under the influence of drugs. This is what they do, attempt to control the narrative. This will not go to trail; wish I was wrong. This is why Collin Kaepernick takes a knee. Sue the state and this dirty bitch.

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  6. Dirty up his image. Rudy Giuliani was famous for that after police killings in NYC. Look where he is now and working for who. His boss is yet to apologize for central park five even after they were proven to be innocent. Well folks sue the state and sue this bitch and don't settle for chump change make a statement for other black men who were gunned down the same way

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