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Monica Tunstle-Garrett, left, of Mesquite, Texas, and Al Woolum, right of North Richland Hills, Texas, light candles as the arrive at a vigil for Jordan Edwards in Balch Springs, Texas, Thursday, May 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The police officer who fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards charged with murder


UPDATE May 5 7:19 p.m. EST:

Fired Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver faces a murder charge for the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards as he left a party last weekend, the Dallas News reported. A judge signed a murder warrant Friday afternoon. 

The bond has been set at $300,000. The 37-year-old faces a sentence of up to a life in prison.

UPDATE May 2 9:07 p.m. EST: 

The police officer who fatally shot a 15-year-old boy with a rifle in Dallas has been fired, police confirmed Tuesday. The Balch Springs Police Department said Officer Roy Oliver violated department policies.

The news broke hours after the victim's family described the killing as a "violent, senseless murder."

ORIGINAL STORY:  Balch Spring Police Chief Jonathan Haber revised his initial account of the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, saying that a car full of teens was driving away from an armed officer who fatally shot the boy in the head, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Haber had initially claimed that the teenager was fleeing the scene of the crime and driving in reverse away from the officer. However, after reviewing body cam footage, Haber changed his version of events.

Tributes to the high school freshman have poured in on social media. 

Edwards was leaving a house party over the weekend when gun shots rang out outside after police had already arrived at the scene. 

Attorney Lee Merritt, who represents Edwards' family, said that Edwards and four other teens heard the shots and got in the car in order to leave the party. He said the teens heard someone cursing before three shots were fired into the car. 

The medical examiner's office ruled Edwards' death a homicide. The officer, who hasn't been named, was placed on administrative leave. 

Many on social media have been outraged at the news. 


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