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Texas Police Fire Cop who Killed Jordan Edwards in Unjustified Shooting

09 May 2017

A police officer in Texas who fired multiple rifle rounds into a vehicle full of teens Saturday night - killing a 15-year-old boy - was sacked Tuesday, police said.

It was Saturday night [April 29, 2017] that Edwards, a star athlete and model student at Mesquite High School in Balch Springs, was fatally shot after leaving a party in a Dallas-area suburb.

After originally reporting the vehicle had been aggressively driving toward officers, Balch Springs' police chief said video footage showed the teenagers were driving away when Oliver opened fire. The Balch Springs Police Department said in a statement it dismissed officer Roy Oliver for violating several department policies, adding it "cannot give further details on which policies have been violated since Roy Oliver can appeal the termination".

Police chief Jonathan Haber said he made the decision after reviewing the findings of an internal investigation.

The slain teen's family said that they are anticipating Oliver's arrest and revealed that Edwards' two brothers were also in the vehicle at the time of the shooting. The Dallas County Medical Examiner's office ruled his death a homicide.

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Lee Merritt, an attorney for Edwards' family said one of his brothers was held by police overnight, but police said later he was only held as a witness for questioning.

Family members have since called for the former officer to be arrested on a murder charge and hope that other officers involved the incident also will be held responsible, The Dallas Morning News reported. Police had gone inside a house where a party was underway when they heard gunshots and ran outside.

WFAA has requested for police to release the body camera video of the shooting.

The Dallas County district attorney and the Dallas County Sheriff's Department are continuing to investigate the case.

"Our family is working hard to deal with both the loss of our beloved Jordan and the lingering trauma it has caused our boys", a family statement said.

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He acknowledged then that the vehicle was moving away from officers when Oliver fired the shots and said the officer's actions were not consistent with the department's "core values".

Balch Springs police officers have been instructed not to discuss the ongoing criminal investigation into the shooting death of Jordan Edwards. Next Generation Action Network head Dominique Alexander honored the family's request canceling a planned protest at Balch Spring police headquarters that was scheduled for Wednesday. But Haber told reporters that video footage showed the auto was "moving forward as the officers approached", according to the Associated Press. The vehicle he was driving was headed away from the scene, not being reversed back into as previously claimed by the department.

Haber declined to confirm whether any shots were confirmed to have been fired or whether the boys in the auto were armed, citing the ongoing investigation.

That's "my inability to get all the facts like I should have", Haber said. "That excuse isn't here", Merritt said Monday at a news conference with the family. The family has called for murder charges to be brought against Oliver.

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