Texas Police Have Fired The Officer Who Shot And Killed Jordan Edwards

Posted May 09, 2017

His funeral is scheduled for Saturday, a week after his death.

Roy Oliver is the Balch Springs police officer who fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards in the head as he was leaving a house party on Saturday night.

According to the Dallas Police Department, the auto Edwards was in drove away from police when it was ordered to stop, and the officers encountered the vehicle as they were responding to gunshots in the area.

Officers were in the area to break up the house party after receiving reports of underage drinking. Oliver opened fire as the teenagers were driving away.

The incident is being investigated by the Dallas County Sherrif's Office and charges against Oliver may or may not be forthcoming.

Edwards, whose death was ruled a homicide, was riding in a vehicle with other teenagers, including his older brother.

Oliver is white, according to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

"From our policies, which I went by, there were violations", Balch Springs police Chief Jonathan Haber said.

According to the Washington Post, Jordan Edwards is the 333rd person shot by police in 2017, and so far, he is also the youngest.

Now that Oliver has been fired, the Edwards family wants him arrested and charged with murder.

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Fatal police shootings of African-Americans have prompted criticism from victims' families over delayed action, and in some cases mass protests.

"In a hurry to get the statement out, I misspoke", Haber said on Monday, according to NBC News.

"We are here to serve this community and we're going to continue to do our jobs and we're going to continue to do it to the best of our ability", Haber said.

Harber said he released the mistaken information based on an account given to him by the officer. "Our family is working hard to deal with both the loss of our beloved Jordan and the lingering trauma it has caused our boys".

Cindy Stormer, an attorney representing Oliver asked the public to be patient as the incident is "recent and still being investigated". As the father of a black son, I share the anxiety that many black parents feel when we hear about situations like this.


At the time of the shooting, the department released a statement describing the shooting, claiming the auto Jordan was in moved "aggressively" towards the officer who was responding to a call about intoxicated minors at the party.

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".

Edwards was described as a good student and popular athlete by family and friends. As officers approached the vehicle, police say it began to drive away. They couldn't tell if he was already dead. Jordan's older brother who was driving the vehicle was detained overnight without reason and didn't learn of his brother's death until the next day. Instead, Crockett said, he was detained and handcuffed.

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