The Texas Ranger Division spoke with the officer and then asked the Dallas Police Department to hold off on obtaining the warrant "until they had an opportunity to investigate some of the information that was provided during that interview", Hall said during a criminal justice panel Saturday.
The 30-year-old Guyger killed 26-year-old Botham Jean on Thursday.
Guyger's arrest was announced as Jean's family and their attorneys say they met with prosecutors to demand the officer's arrest. The night of the shooting, Guyger's apartment key was found in Jean's door, suggesting that she had tried to open it, Merritt said.
Dallas police on Saturday identified the off-duty officer who shot a neighbor in his own home as Amber Guyger, who has been with the department for four years. "Botham wanted all of us to unite", his mother, Allison Jean, said at a vigil.
Her bond has been set to $300,000, according to the Kaufman County Jail records. "Botham Jean was a member of the PwC family in our Dallas office and we are simply heartbroken to hear of his death", the company said in a statement. The Dallas Police Department will continue to update you as we're updated by the Texas Rangers, but they are the lead in that investigation right now and we're waiting on them to give us some additional information. However, as we continued this investigation it became clear that we were dealing with what appears to be.a very unique situation.
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"She took my life away, like my very own life", Allison said of the officer. Guyger called 911. But Jean, who worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas, died at a hospital. Her son, who grew up in the Caribbean island nation of St Lucia before attending college in Arkansas, is black.
Pastor Michael W. Waters leads a prayer following a Mothers Against Police Brutality candlelight vigil for Botham Jean at the Jack Evans Police Headquarters on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Dallas.
Merritt, who represents the family of Antwon Rose II, an unarmed teenager who was shot by an East Pittsburgh police officer, said race and police's use of force are deeply intertwined in this country.
At a news conference early Friday, Dallas police Sgt. Warren Mitchell said they had yet to interview the officer and would not speculate as to whether she mistakenly entered another apartment and believed the man already inside was an intruder.
Jean's mother shared stories with the mayor about her late son, "how he loved everybody", "how much he loved Dallas", "didn't really see color" and "always had a smile on his face", according to Rawlings.
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His uncle, Ignatius Jean, said the killing has devastated the family and left it searching for answers. Does police privilege play a role in a lack of charges in a case where there's no doubt a man is dead by her action?
Responding officers found Botham Shem Jean, 26, badly wounded. They described Mr Jean as a devout Christian and a talented singer.
"You want to think it's fiction ... and you have to grapple with the reality", he said. Authorities didn't say how it happened, but she ended up opening fire at the person.
According to the Dallas Police Department's blog, Guyger has been involved in a shooting before. He was listed on LinkedIn as a risk assurance experienced associate.
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