Officer who killed unarmed black 15-year-old fired, identified by department

Jordan Edwards Shooting Roy Oliver officer who fatally shot 15-year-old is fired

Jordan Edwards Shooting Roy Oliver officer who fatally shot 15-year-old is fired

Edwards was said to be an all-around great kid who was well liked by coaches, teachers, and students.

The Balch Springs police officer, who has been identified as Roy Oliver, was sacked after an an internal affairs investigation concluded he violated multiple department policies.

Originally, Oliver had claimed that the vehicle was moving backwards toward him in an "aggressive manner", but the police department later corrected that account after an investigation was completed and noted that the auto was actually moving away from Oliver when he fired into it.

Edwards was in the passenger seat of a vehicle that was driving away from a house party in a Dallas suburb, where police were responding to a report of drunk teenagers.

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Relatives have since called for peace in the wake of the teen's death. According to the report, officers got a call about intoxicated teenagers and they arrived to find a house party.

"Firing the officer who killed #JordanEdwards is a good start but if I murdered someone at work, firing would be the least of my concerns", Lee Merritt said on Twitter. Edwards and the four people with him chose to leave what was becoming an unruly party as they heard gunfire and police were arriving, Merritt said, citing what witnesses had told lawyers.

The other officer on the scene - who did not fire his weapon - may also be under internal review.

Jordan was rushed to the hospital but efforts to save him failed. Police chief Jonathan Haber, speaking to reporters Tuesday night, wouldn't describe what he believed Oliver did wrong because the officer can appeal his termination. Haber previously said the department was getting threats on social media in response to the shooting. "I take responsibility for that". But on Monday, Haber reversed course and said, after reviewing video, the vehicle was driving away from police.

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It was determined that Roy Oliver shot Jordan Edwards with a high powered rifle, hitting the teen in the head. Citing the ongoing investigations, Haber added that the body cam footage would not be released at this time, but will be at a later date.

Haber would not disclose whether or not Oliver had previous disciplinary actions.

"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.

The family has asked activists to postpone demonstrations in the wake of Edwards' death as they make preparations for his funeral and spoke out against any violence perpetuated against police officers.

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"On behalf of the entire Balch Springs Police Department and the city of Balch Springs we express our honest condolences with the family", Haber said.

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