Jordan Edwards shooting: Texas police change account of death

Jordan Edwards shooting: Texas police change account of death

Jordan Edwards shooting: Texas police change account of death

BALCH SPRINGS, Texas - Police in this Dallas suburb said Tuesday night that they fired officer Roy Oliver for a violation of department policy after he shot and killed Jordan Edwards, a 15-year-old boy riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle that was driving away from a house party.

After all, Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber - who initially stood by Oliver's account that he shot and killed Jordan Edwards to protect fellow officers - was quick to backtrack his statements after watching the body cam footage showing the vehicle driving away from officers when Oliver fired his rifle, striking the boy in the head.

Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber said the video contradicts the initial police account of what happened.

In a statement, the Edwards family said there "remains a long road ahead".

Many community residents are calling for action, in this case, Merchant says, adding that some locals are planning to carry out protests through the week as the local district attorney's office and the sheriff's office investigate Edwards' death.

The officer fired three shots into the vehicle, Edwards family lawyer Lee Merritt told CNN, based on eyewitness accounts from the other boys in the auto. He and the other teenagers chose to leave the unruly party when they heard gunshots and police arriving, Edwards' family attorney Lee Merritt said.

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Edwards' family had called for the officer to be fired and criminally charged.

Balch Springs police spokesman Pedro Gonzalez said the terminated officer was the second officer on the scene.

Jordan Edwards was killed in front of his brother as they were leaving a party over the weekend.

After Haber's announcement, Edwards' family praised the decision to fire Oliver, but called for the officer's indictment.

Haber met with Jordan's parents twice since his death, expressing condolences on behalf of the department and the city. The department said officers were responding to a disturbance on Saturday night and heard multiple gunshots. After reviewing body-cam footage of the shooting, police chief Jonathan Haber told reporters the shooting did not meet the department's "core values". Merritt, speaking to the New York Times Monday, said this development was "a big deal" for the investigation moving forward.

Edwards and his friends were in a vehicle leaving the party after they heard gunshots.

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"We have a dead 15-year-old with no causation on his part or anybody of the vehicle", Merritt said on Monday.

"The officers who extended this nightmare for those children ought to be properly reprimanded as well", a family statement read, according to NBC News.

According to the Dallas Police Department, the vehicle Edwards was in drove away from police when it was ordered to stop, and the officers encountered the auto as they were responding to gunshots in the area. Two of his brothers were in the vehicle and watched him die, a family lawyer said.

"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", family lawyer Lee Merritt said on Twitter.

This photo shows the intersection of Baron and Shepherd Lane on Monday, May 1, 2017, near where the shooting of 15 year-old Jordan Edwards by a police officer happened in Balch Springs, Texas on Saturday.

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