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'Wrong flat' officer who shot black man in his home charged

PICTURED: Police officer Amber Guyger (Kaufman County Sheriff's Office)

A TEXAS police officer who shot dead a black man in his own home after she “mistook it for her apartment”, has been charged with manslaughter.

Botham Shem Jean was killed last week Thursday after officer Amber Guyger entered his apartment apparently thinking that it was her own.

The 26-year-old, who is originally from St Lucia, received medical treatment at the scene and was then taken to hospital, where he died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Jean’s family had called for Guyger to be arrested. The 30-year-old was booked at Kaufman County Jail but later released on bail after a $300,000 (£232,000) bail was posted, according to ABC.

KILLED: Botham Shem Jean (Image: Botham Shem Jean/Facebook)

A devout Christian, Jean lead worship at his local church. A prayer service was held for him on Sunday (September 9).

Jean’s family have enlisted lawyer Benjamin Crump to represent them.

Crump represented the families of victims of racial injustice including Trayvon Martin, who was shot dead by a neighbourhood watch volunteer and Michael Brown, who was shot dead by a police officer.

Allie, Jean’s mother, shared a photographer of her son on her Facebook page. Friends and family members have left comments expressing their condolences underneath the captionless image.

The district attorney said the case will be looked into by her office and then presented to a grand jury, The State reported.

Lee Merritt, who is also representing the family, described Jean as a “meticulous individual” who “put everything in a particular place”, contradicting reports that the door to his apartment was left ajar.

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