Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Officer Who Shot 15-Year-Old Has Been Fired

The officer who shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards has been fired.

In a news conference, Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber said the officer, Roy Oliver, violated department policies, but won't elaborate which ones.

Oliver has been with the department since 2011. He has 10 days to appeal.

Jordan Edwards was killed in front of his brother as they were leaving a party on Baron Drive Saturday night. Neighbors said a large house party was underway at the time, and officers responded to a report of intoxicated teenagers.

Oliver is one of two officers who responded the scene.

Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber said the video contradicts the initial police account of what happened.

Originally, Haber said when officers arrived on the street, they heard gunfire and a car filled with passengers backed towards them in reverse.

"I unintentionally, incorrect, yesterday when I said the vehicle was backing down the road. In fact, according to the video that I viewed, the vehicle was moving forward as the officer was approached," Haber said.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled Edwards' death a homicide, due to a rifle wound to the head.


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