Roy Oliver faces murder charges in Jordan Edwards case
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 12:48
According to the police report, the officer was recognized as Roy Oliver, who is now being terminated by its police authorities for violating police department's policies on handling a situation, but instead, he shot and kill the 15-year-old victim named, Jordan Edwards.
On Saturday night, Oliver allegedly opened fire on a group of teens in a vehicle because they were moving toward officers "in an aggressive manner".
Jordan Edwards, a Mesquite High School freshman, straight-a honor roll student and athlete, was struck in the head by a bullet from Oliver's AR-15 rifle.
Monday May 1: Balch Springs Police held a press conference and released new details on the officer-involved shooting.
Not too long after we published a story this afternoon about Oliver's family blaming Oliver's two tours in Iraq and his PTSD for why he murdered an innocent kid in cold blood, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson filed murder charges against 37-year-old now-former cop Roy Oliver, who has not yet been arrested.
Before he was hired by the Balch Springs department, Oliver worked as a police officer for about one year starting in 2010 in Dalworthington Gardens, a small town outside Fort Worth.
The investigation into Edwards' death will continue and does not conclude with the arrest of Roy Oliver, the department said.
Records show that Oliver was suspended for 16 hours and ordered to take anger-management training after he became upset about having to testify in court for a drunken driving case and began swearing.
The shooting, which took place in a primarily black and Hispanic neighborhood in Balch Springs, which is about 15 miles (24 km) southeast of Dallas, stoked simmering tensions over perceived racial bias in US policing.
Jordan's funeral is scheduled for Saturday.
Oliver fired a rifle at a vehicle of teenagers leaving a party, striking and killing Edwards.
That evaluation, dated January 27, 2017, called the reprimand an isolated incident and urged Oliver to be mindful of his leadership role in the department.
Oliver became a police officer after serving as an infantryman in the Army, eventually rising to sergeant.
Local activists and ministers met Wednesday with Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson, whose office has a unit dedicated to reviewing police shootings.
A Texas officer has been charged with murder in the shooting of a black 15-year-old who was inside a vehicle leaving a party.
Weissert reported from Austin.