The Latest: Officer terminated after fatal shooting of Texas teen

Odell Edwards wipes away tears as he sits with his wife, Charmaine Edwards, listening to their attorney Lee Merritt talking about the death of their son, Jordan Edwards, in a police shooting Saturday in Balch Springs, Texas, in Merritt's law office in Dallas, Monday, May 1, 2017. A suburban Dallas police chief said Monday that his department wrongly described why an officer fired into a moving vehicle and killed Jordan Edwards, after an attorney for the boy’s family said officers were trying to “justify the unjustifiable.” (Guy Reynolds/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

DALLAS (AP/CNN) – The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Texas 15-year-old who was killed when a police officer fired into a moving vehicle in which the teen was riding (all times local):

6:35 p.m.

A suburban Dallas police department has fired the police officer who shot and killed a black 15-year-old boy who was riding in a vehicle while leaving a house party.

The Balch Springs Police Department said Tuesday that officer Roy Oliver was terminated for violating department policies during the Saturday night shooting that killed Jordan Edwards.

Chief Jonathan Haber/Balch Springs Police made a statement to media stating, “The investigation is complete. After reviewing the findings, I have made the decision to terminate Roy Oliver’s employment with the Balch Springs Police department. We will now wait for the independent investigation being conducted by the Dallas County Sheriffs Office and the Public Integrity Unit with the District Attorney’s Office to run their course.”

Police originally said the vehicle was reversing “in an aggressive manner” toward officers, but later said that video taken at the scene proved the vehicle was actually driving away.

Lee Merritt, an attorney for Edwards’ family, said the officer shot him with a rifle through the front passenger side window.

Thousands of people have posted about the case online, some comparing it to other police shootings of black men.


2 p.m.

The family of a black 15-year-old fatally shot by a police officer in suburban Dallas say they don’t condone violence or threats made against the Balch Springs Police Department or other members of law enforcement, a day after the department’s chief acknowledged video of the incident contradicted the department’s original account.

Lee Merritt, an attorney for the family of Jordan Edwards, issued the statement Tuesday on Twitter.

Edwards’ family asks for space to grieve, noting that Edwards’ two brothers witnessed the shooting.

Edwards was shot and killed by an unnamed officer, while he was in the passenger seat of a car leaving a party Saturday night. Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber Monday said the car was driving away from officers, not reversing toward them as officials had originally said.

12:10 a.m.

Police in suburban Dallas are acknowledging that a video showing an officer fatally shooting a black 15-year-old contradicts the department’s original account of the incident.

Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber said Monday that Jordan Edwards’ vehicle was driving away from officers – not reversing toward them – when the shooting happened.

Haber said he was troubled by what he saw in the video but wouldn’t release details other than to acknowledge he erred in describing the encounter.

An attorney for Edwards’ family told The Associated Press that the shooting brings to mind the high-profile deaths of other black people after police encounters that have sparked outrage and protest in recent years. He said that this case stood out for its “sheer recklessness.”

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