Police officer who shot and killed Texas teen is fired

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A Texas police officer has been fired for shooting into a auto full of teenagers and killing 15-year-old Jordan Edwards on Saturday night as the group left a party in a Dallas suburb.

The department's account of what happened in the shooting changed after Haber admitted Monday that a auto full of teens was driving away from police when an officer armed with a rifle fatally shot the teenager in the head.

Haber refused to release video footage of the event publicly while the shooting is being investigated, but did offer condolences to the family saying in part, "On behalf of the entire Balch Springs Police Department, and the city of Balch Springs we express our deep, honest condolences to the family".

Haber said Oliver violated several policy violations but stopped short of detailing them, citing the officer's right to appeal his termination. On Sunday, Haber told reporters that a vehicle began reversing toward officers in "an aggressive manner", and in defense, an officer armed with a rifle shot into the auto, hitting Edwards, who was sitting in the front seat.

"We do not support nor do we condone any violence or threats made against the Balch Springs Police Department or any other law enforcement agencies", Edwards' family said in a statement.

Lee Merritt, the Edwards family's attorney, has said that neither Edwards nor any of the other four teens in the auto were drinking at the party, none of them were armed with a weapon and none of them were initially sought by police.

The Edwards family's attorneys claim witnesses said Jordan and the four people with him made a decision to leave the party as it started to become unruly, with the sounds of gunfire and police arriving. "We will now wait for the independent investigation being conducted by the Dallas County Sheriff's Office and the Public Integrity Unit with the District Attorney's Office to run their course". "The vehicle continued the main roadway driving away from the officer as an officer shot into the vehicle striking the passenger". It took a few moments before the people inside in the vehicle noticed Edwards slumped over, she said.

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"The officers who extended this nightmare for those children ought to be properly reprimanded as well", the family said.

The freshman Mesquite High School student-athlete's death was ruled a homicide. Ex-officer Roy Oliver was the shooter.

Haber added, "After reviewing the video, I don't believe that [the shooting] met our core values".

NGAN head Dominique Alexander said, "We want to make sure that the community voices are heard and stand with this family in their time of need, but also that the world and Dallas County knows that this is not an isolated incident". One of Jordan's companions was his little brother, who was unable to help and as such had to watch him pass away.

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.

Jordan Edwards, as seen in an undated family photo provided by attorney S. Lee Merritt. They saw Jordan's body for the first time late Monday night, he 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", Lee Merritt said on Twitter.

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