A fired Dallas police officer who fatally shot a Black teenager leaving a party has been charged with murder.
Former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver, 37, turned himself into police custody after a murder warrant was issued for his arrest on Friday (May 5).
Oliver allegedly fired his weapon into a car filled with teenagers as they left a house party last Saturday night. Jordan Edwards, 15, was shot in the head and later died at an area hospital. Two days later Oliver was fired for violating “several departmental policies.”
It was initially reported that the car Edwards was riding in was reversing “down the street towards the officers in an aggressive manner,” but that was later disproved after body camera footage showed the car driving away from the scene.
Police Chief Jonathan Hager said in a bid to quickly release a statement he misspoke about the details surrounding the shooting.
According to the arrest warrant obtained by the Dallas Morning News, Oliver and another officer descended on the scene at around 11 p.m. Saturday local time after receiving a report of underage drinking at a house party.
Upon arriving at the residence, they heard what they perceived to be sounds of gunshots, prompting them to investigate the area. While the unidentified officer canvassed the scene, Oliver retrieved an AR-15 rifle from their police cruiser.
Per the arrest warrant, the other officer ordered a black Chevy Impala to stop, at which the driver ignored the orders and continued to move forward. That same officer then used his firearm to break the passenger door window.
Oliver allegedly opened fire on the car, which then came to a stop. They found Edwards inside with a gunshot wound to the head. He was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Lee Merritt, an attorney for the Edwards’ family said they were “relieved the justice system is working.”
“Although we realize that there remain significant obstacles ahead on the road to justice, this action brings hope that the justice system will bend against the overwhelming weight of our frustration,” the family said in a statement.