Balch Springs Police Department Fires Officer Involved in Deadly Shooting

Posted May 18, 2017

Haber said that Oliver can appeal the decision and would only say that the officer violated department policies in the shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards. Video revealed that Oliver fired as the teens' auto drove away from police, contradicting an earlier account that claimed the cop shot as the vehicle moved toward him in reverse. "We will now wait for the independent investigation being conducted by the Dallas County Sheriff's Office and the Public Integrity Unit with the District Attorney's Office to run their course". "The shots that were fired into the vehicle did not come from behind, but from the side", said Lee Merritt, an attorney representing the Edwards family.

"We do not support nor do we condone any violence or threats made against the Balch Springs Police Department or any other law enforcement agencies". They are calling for the other police officers involved - who they say treated Jordan's brothers and two friends like "common criminals" as he lay dying - to be reprimanded as well. Officers were called to the scene to investigate an underage drinking complaint.

An updated statement was published to the Balch Springs Police Department on Monday evening.

Edwards was in the passengers seat in a vehicle driven by his brother when Oliver shot him with a rifle, striking him in the head.

The family said in a statement that "Jordan was a loving child, with a humble and sharing spirit".

The boy's parents, Charmaine and Odell Edwards, did not speak about their son or the shooting during the news conference, the Morning News reported.

It was determined that Roy Oliver shot Jordan Edwards with a high powered rifle, hitting the teen in the head. After reviewing body-cam footage of the shooting, police chief Jonathan Haber told reporters the shooting did not meet the department's "core values".

"While our family attempts to cope with our loss, we ask that at this time the community please refrain from protests and marches in Jordan's and our family's name as we prepare for his funeral", the family's statement continued. "I don't know what they're... can't be expressed what they're going through", Chief Jonathan Haber said.

The family's statement said Edwards' brothers lost their best friend.

Per the Associated Press, attorneys for the family, Lee Merritt and Jasmine Crockett, praised the police department for its quick action to fire the officer. Jackson said, "Their boy was brutally murdered, violently murdered in front of his brothers".

Edwards and his friends were in a auto leaving the party after they heard gunshots. Merritt, speaking to the New York Times Monday, said this development was "a big deal" for the investigation moving forward. Likewise, the Inquisitr called the Dallas County District Attorney's Office only to be told that there is no additional information available regarding the possible arrest of Roy Oliver and that there is an active criminal investigation into the incident. The auto did initially reverse but then accelerated forward and attempted to leave the premises when Oliver shot Edwards. Haber would not identify the officer, but said he had no similar prior incidents.