BALCH SPRINGS, Texas – The police officer who fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards as he was leaving a party was fired Tuesday, police said.
The officer, identified as Roy Oliver, a six-year veteran of the Balch Springs Police Department in suburban Dallas, “violated several departmental policies,” the department said.
Police Chief Jonathon Haber told reporters he couldn’t specify what policies were violated because Oliver can appeal his firing, reported NBC News.
Jordan, a high school freshman, died Saturday night when police fired rounds at the vehicle he was in with his older brother and other teenagers.
Chief Haber initially said the vehicle was backing “aggressively towards the officer,” prompting the shot. But after reviewing body cam video, he corrected his report.
“In a hurry to get the statement out, I misspoke,” Haber said Monday. “I take responsibility for that.”
Officers went to the location due to a report of a large party involving underage drinking and possible intoxication.
Upon arrival, they converged on the teenagers’ vehicle when they heard “multiple gunshots,” police said. However, it is ambiguous what spawned these details.
“Despite multiple verbal commands from the officer, the vehicle continued to reverse, backing into the main roadway,” police said. “The vehicle then pulled forward as the officer continued to approach the vehicle giving verbal commands. The vehicle continued on the main roadway driving away from the officer.”
In a statement released through their attorney, Lee Merritt, Jordan’s family thanked Haber for making “commendable strides toward justice” and said they were “grateful the decision has been made to terminate the officer responsible for Jordan’s murder.”
“However, there remains a long road ahead,” the family said, repeating allegations by Merritt earlier Tuesday that Jordan’s 16-year-old brother was detained overnight without reason or charges and didn’t learn until he was released Sunday morning that his brother had been killed.
“The officers who extended this nightmare for those children ought to be properly reprimanded as well,” the family said. “Our family is working hard to deal with both the loss of our beloved Jordan and the lingering trauma it has caused our boys.”
The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office along with the DA’s Public Integrity Unit are conducting the investigation.