Video sought in case of man shot in own home in Texas

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Posted: Sep 21, 2018 7:46 PM

DALLAS (AP) — Search warrants have been issued for video from addresses near the apartment complex where a white Dallas police officer killed her black neighbor inside his home this month, according to newly obtained court documents.

The three warrants obtained by The Associated Press on Friday give new insight on the investigation into the slaying of Botham Jean, 26, who was fatally shot inside his apartment on Sept. 6 by off-duty Dallas Officer Amber Guyger.

Guyger told police she mistook Jean's apartment for her own. She is free on bond after being booked Sept. 9 on a preliminary charge of manslaughter.

A judge last week signed the search warrants. One of the warrants sought to obtain video surveillance cameras and camera footage from an address near the apartment complex. Another warrant asked to seize video from a separate address, also near the apartment complex where Jean was fatally shot.

Other court filings obtained last week revealed that an investigator from the Dallas County district attorney's office seized the electronic door lock from Guyger's apartment and downloaded data from the lock. The investigator also seized the electronic door lock from Jean's apartment, according to the filings.

Since the shooting, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson has pledged an aggressive investigation by her office.

"We are committed to making certain that we get to the bottom of (it)," Johnson said at a news conference days after the shooting.

In a later written statement, Johnson said her team has worked "around the clock," and she asked for the public to have patience during the investigation.

Attorneys for Jean's family and others have demanded that Guyger be fired.

Police Chief U. Renee Hall said in a statement that she has not taken action against Guyger because she does not want to interfere with the ongoing criminal investigation. Having Guyger provide a statement during an administrative investigation could compromise the criminal probe, she said.

The department's general orders allow Hall to circumvent all disciplinary procedures to give an immediate decision when she finds it "necessary to preserve the integrity of the Department."