Cop Who Shot 15-Year-Old Boy Charged With Murder
Roy Oliver killed Jordan Edwards when he shot at car of full of teens
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 5, 2017 7:18 PM CDT
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Jordan Edwards, left, posing for a photo with his father, Odell Edwards. A police officer has been charged with murder in the shooting death of the younger Edwards.   (Courtesy of Lee Merritt/Edwards family via AP)

(Newser) – A white Texas police officer has been charged with murder in the shooting of a black teenager for which the officer was fired, according to an arrest warrant issued Friday. The warrant for Roy Oliver, a former officer in the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs, was issued by the Dallas County Sheriff's Office for the April 29 shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, the AP reports. In a statement it released announcing the warrant, the sheriff's office cited evidence that suggested Oliver "intended to cause serious bodily injury and commit an act clearly dangerous to human life that caused the death." Oliver fired a rifle at a car of teenagers leaving a party, striking and killing Edwards.

The warrant states that any peace officer may arrest Oliver, and that Oliver could also turn himself in to authorities. Meanwhile, a sheriff's spokesperson says the investigation into the shooting continues. Edwards and his two brothers and two other teenagers were driving away from an unruly house party in Balch Springs late Saturday night when Oliver opened fire on their vehicle with a rifle. The bullets shattered the front passenger-side window and struck Edwards. Oliver was fired Tuesday for violating department policies. It took a few moments for Edwards' 16-year-old brother, who was driving, and other passengers to notice that he was slumped over in his seat.

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