As Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall said during yesterday's news conference, she made the decision on Friday morning based on the evidence gathered up to that point to seek a warrant for manslaughter.
But the Texas Rangers, who have taken over the case, asked Hall to delay issuing an arrest warrant to give them more time to investigate, she said Saturday.
Last night, a female Dallas Police officer returned to what she believed to be her apartment after her shift ended - she was still in uniform when she encountered Mr. Botham Shem Jean inside the apartment.
The officer fatally shot Botham Jean, 26, after entering Jean's apartment at the South Side Flats, mistaking the unit for her own, police said.
Police identified the officer as Amber Guyger, a four-year veteran of the department assigned to the Southeast Patrol Division.
Guyger was not charged in the 2017 shooting. As officers on the scene tried to figure out who the woman was, the man in the back seat got out, defying orders to stay in the vehicle.
Jean was a beloved member of a local church and an employee at a prestigious accounting and consulting firm, according to those that knew him.
Jean's family did not speak at the press conference. Those accounts were essentially confirmed by the attorney representing the family of Jean, a native of Saint Lucia who came to the United States to study accounting and later obtained a job in risk assessment for a major company.
Authorities have said the officer is white, but have not released her name or other details about her.
"Botham loved mankind, Botham never saw color, he never saw race". "This family is grieving that that has not happened yet", he said of the wait for investigators to act. Jean's mother Allison asked Friday.
He was a native of the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, who graduated from Harding University and now worked for the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
That decision to hold off on arresting Guyger upset Botham's family, said Lee Merritt, the family's attorney.
The lawyer for the family of a Texas man who was gunned down at his home by a Dallas police officer is calling for her to be arrested and charged, saying the fact that she remains free days after the shooting shows she's receiving favourable treatment. "The extent of their relationship is under investigation", said Instagram user Marriam_Muhammad about the incident. He said Jean's mother said she was "not angry", but "heartbroken".
In May 2017, Guyger was called to assist another officer searching for a suspect.
"We demand an open, transparent, and full investigation and that she be held accountable for her actions", according to a statement by the group. Rawlings called Jean "a great man" and "exactly the kind of citizen we want to have in the city".
The family of the dead Black man demanded the officer be arrested immediately, especially since the circumstances surrounding the shooting are highly questionable.
"In February 2018, Perez signed a plea agreement for the charge of taking an officer's weapon and was sentenced to two years in prison".