Roy Oliver terminated for violating department policies in shooting, and the police chief said Oliver had committed several violations of policy
The officer who shot and killed a black 15-year-old boy who was riding in a vehicle while leaving a house party in suburban Dallas has been fired.
The Balch Springs, Texas, officer, identified as Roy Oliver, was terminated for violating department policies in the shooting death of Jordan Edwards, police chief Jonathan Haber said.
The officer fatally shot Edwards, a high school freshman leaving a party with four other teenagers Saturday night. Officers were called to the scene to investigate an underage drinking complaint.
Haber said Oliver, who joined the department in 2011, had committed several violations of policy but would not say what they were because Oliver is entitled to appeal his firing. The Dallas County district attorney and the Dallas County sheriffs office are investigating the case.
Police originally said the teenagers 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. An officer shot his rifle through the front passenger side window and struck Edwards, said Lee Merritt, an attorney for Edwards family. The Dallas County medical examiner ruled his death a homicide.
The police departments latest statement, released Tuesday night, says officers entering the house heard gunshots ring out during a chaotic scene with numerous people running away from the location. As officers exited the house, they encountered the vehicle backing out onto a main road and driving away despite their attempts to tell the driver to stop, the new statement said.
Edwards family had called for the officer to be fired and criminally charged.
Thousands of Facebook and Twitter users have posted about the case using #jordanedwards in recent days, with some comparing his death to other police shootings of young black men, such as 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, who was fatally shot in November 2014 as he held a pellet gun.
Friends have described Edwards as a good student and a popular athlete. Edwards and the four teenagers with him decided 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.
The teenagers brothers witnessed firsthand what happened, Merritt said.
Based on what the video captured, Haber said previously that he questioned whether what he saw was consistent with the policies and core values of his department. Haber wouldnt say what problems he saw, but Balch Springs official use-of-force policy encourages officers facing an oncoming vehicle to attempt to move out of its path, if possible, instead of discharging a firearm at it or any of its occupants. The video has not been released.
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