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Texas officer surrenders to face murder charge in shooting of teen

Troy Mann | 06 May, 2017, 08:13

Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber initially said a auto was moving "aggressively" toward officers when one of them fired into it Saturday night, killing 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, but the chief told reporters Monday he "misspoke".

Neighbors said a large house party was underway at the time, and officers responded to a report of intoxicated teenagers.

A couple of hundred supporters stand holding lit candles as they listen to comments from speakers during a vigil for Jordan Edwards in Balch Springs, Texas, Thursday, May 4, 2017.

A white Texas police officer has been charged with murder in the shooting of a black teenager for which the officer was sacked, according to an arrest warrant. Oliver then opened fire, striking Edwards, who was sitting in the front passenger seat.

AUSTIN, Texas A suburban Dallas police officer was charged with murder on Friday for shooting a rifle into a vehicle of unarmed teenagers driving away from him, killing a 15-year-old boy, a lawyer for the child's family said, after the incident sparked national outrage.

The Balch Springs Police Department on Tuesday announced it had dismissed Oliver for violating department policies, but it declined to give details on which policies were violated.

The personnel records also included periodic evaluations that noted at least one instance when Oliver was reprimanded for being "disrespectful to a civilian on a call".

Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber told a news conference on Tuesday that the video contradicted an earlier version he had released of the events in which he said the auto was in reverse and heading toward the officer.

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This came after the Dallas County District Attorney's Office filed a complaint regarding his conduct when he was a witness in a drunken-driving case.

Roy Oliver, fired for shooting teen Jordan Edwards, was previously suspended for being a hard witness.

The records also detail periodic evaluations that noted at least one instance-on January 27, 2017-when Oliver was reprimanded for being "disrespectful to a civilian on a call".

The teen was shot and killed by a Balch Springs police officer on April 29, 2017.

Heath Harris, the former first assistant district attorney under Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, said he did not remember the incident or which of the many courts might have been involved.

Oliver was also ordered to take training courses in anger management and courtroom demeanor and testimony.

Oliver has also served in the USA army, rising to the rank of sergeant while serving two tours in Iraq and earning various commendations.

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