Police have killed almost 200 people in moving vehicles since '15

Posted May 06, 2017

The Balch Springs Police Department has fired the officer who shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards while he was leaving a party in the Dallas suburb, authorities announced Tuesday.

The incident occurred on Saturday night when police responded to reports of underage drinking at a house party where around 100 kids had gathered, neighbours said.

Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver was sacked Tuesday, three days after 15-year-old Jordan Edwards' death. Oliver, who was an officer in Balch Springs since 2011, has the right to appeal his termination, the department said in a news release.

"In fact, according to the video that I viewed the vehicle was moving forward as the officer was approached", Haber said.

In a statement on Tuesday, Edwards's family said that they were "grateful the decision has been made to terminate the officer responsible for Jordan's murder" but that there "remains a long road ahead".

Oliver's attorney has declined to comment publicly on Edwards' death and an investigation of Oliver's actions.

Edwards's brothers Vidal and Kevon, who witnessed the shooting, were "manhandled, intimidated and arrested, while their brother lay dying in the front seat", the family said, calling for the officers who arrested them to "be properly reprimanded as well". Video showed the auto was backing away and Oliver shot into the vehicle, hitting Edwards.

An Edwards family attorney praised the police chief for owning up to his mistake. While trying to locate the owners of the house, the officers heard "multiple gunshots" coming from outside, which caused a "chaotic scene" with people fleeing the area. Video footage revealed that the vehicle was driving away when that officer fired his rifle.

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Jordan's family has repeatedly called for Oliver to be tried for murder.

"The magnitude of his disgusting actions can not be overstated", the family's statement, released by Merritt, said.

Police later said, however, that they had misspoken in recounting what occurred and that it appeared as though the vehicle Edwards was in was driving away from the officers when shots were fired, based on footage from police body cameras.

Oliver worked for the Balch Springs Police Department, a 200-member force in a community about 15 miles outside of Dallas.

The Edwards family also asked the public to refrain from protests and marches at this time as they prepare for the slain teenager's funeral and try to cope with the loss.

The Edwards family issued a statement via attorney Lee Merrick. "Their young lives will forever be altered". A copy of the 2016 version, obtained by the Post, specifically instructs officers to move out of the way of an oncoming vehicle when possible, rather than opening fire. Edwards was in the passenger seat of a moving auto when Oliver fired at him. Then, when officers went outside to investigate, they saw a auto backing out of a parking spot.

Crockett said Jordan was a teenager who was both interested in academics and sports.