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Police officer who shot and killed Texas teen is fired

11 May 2017

The department said it let officer Roy Oliver, a six-year veteran of the force, go for violating "several department policies" after it was discovered that he fired shots into a vehicle as it was driving away.

It was Saturday night [April 29, 2017] that Edwards, a star athlete and model student at Mesquite High School in Balch Springs, was fatally shot after leaving a party in a Dallas-area suburb.

Oliver and the other police who arrived on the scene were responding to reports that a party last weekend was getting out of hand and had arrived to look into reports of underage drinking.

That was when he stopped the auto and flagged officers down for help, apparently thinking somebody else had shot his little brother. An officer shot his rifle through the front passenger side window and struck Edwards, said Lee Merritt, an attorney for Edwards' family.

The driver, Edward's 16-year-old brother, stopped a block away to flag down a police cruiser for help after he realized that his younger brother had been shot.

"It has been determined that Roy Oliver, who was the second officer on the scene, violated several departmental policies", Gonzalez said.

In a statement, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson said she was deeply saddened by the incident and that both Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson had promised her "fair, independent and thorough investigations".

The guidelines set out for officers when it comes to potentially being hit by a vehicle, reveals Dallas News, are centered around doing one's best to move out of the way if at all possible.

After reviewing body camera video of the shooting, which has not been released publicly, Balch Springs police officials fired Oliver.

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According to a statement released by the lawyer of the Edwards' family, were grateful for Oliver's dismissal but they still want him arrested for murder.

The Dallas County district attorney's office and Dallas County sheriff's office are investigating the case.

Before Haber's update, Merritt and the teen's family held their own news conference, during which Merritt accused police of "offering facts that they believe paint a picture that would justify the unjustifiable". "It's just unbelievable. It's absolutely unbelievable that a department did what a department should do".

Edwards' family released a statement shortly after the announcement, calling for charges against the officer. We offer our honest condolences to Jordan's family and will continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers as we move forward expeditiously, with a commitment to justice and transparency.

An attorney acting for Mr Oliver said he is not commenting on the cast it this time as the shooting "was recent and still being investigated".

" 'We can not make any comments at this time, ' she said in a written statement". Edwards and the four teenagers with him chose to leave what was becoming an unruly party as they heard gunshots ring out and police were arriving, Merritt said, citing what witnesses had told lawyers.

According to the Washington Post, they left the house to see a vehicle backing into the street. It took a few moments before the people inside in the auto noticed Edwards slumped over, she said. "America, throughout the country, must figure out a way to police its citizens without killing them", Merritt added. Although police later said they took the brother and kept him in order to question him as a witness, none of the other teens in the auto was taken, he said. Instead, Crockett said, he was detained and handcuffed.

"They witnessed firsthand his violent, senseless, murder", Jordan's family said in a statement before Oliver's firing.