Cop Who Shot Texas Teen Turns Himself In

Roy Oliver released on $300K bail
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2017 10:06 AM CDT

(Newser) – Roy Oliver, the former Texas police officer who fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards last Saturday night, turned himself in hours after an arrest warrant was issued Friday. Oliver, who was fired from the force in the Dallas suburb of of Balch Springs on Tuesday, was freed Friday night after posting $300,000 bail at the Parker County Jail, the AP reports. According to the arrest warrant, the officer, who is charged with murder, fired a rifle into a car full of teenagers leaving a rowdy party. The teenager's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the officer, the city, and the Balch Spring Police Department. Their lawyers say they are glad to see swift action taken against a white officer who shot a black youth.

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"I was elated," Edwards family attorney Jasmin Crockett tells NBC 5. "We've seen this play out so many times in so many cities across America. So in less than a week, we have an officer that got fired, we have an officer that has an arrest warrant." Oliver, an Iraq vet who had been with the Balch Springs force since 2011, was involved in another gun incident just two weeks before the Edwards shooting, reports the Dallas Morning News. Monique Arrendondo, 26, says the officer, in plain clothes and off-duty, drew his gun and demanded ID after his truck was rear-ended. "As soon as I put my gear into park, he was already out of his truck, and he was at my window," she says. "He pulled out his gun on me." (Read more Jordan Edwards stories.)

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