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Officer Charged Over Shooting Of Teenager

Officer Charged Over Shooting Of Teenager


Roy Oliver opened fire with a rifle on a vehicle full of teenagers who were leaving a party on 29 April.

The bullets struck 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, who was a passenger, and shattered a window. It took a few moments for his 16-year-old brother, who was driving, and other passengers to notice he was slumped over in his seat. Police had said the car was backing up towards officers “in an aggressive manner”, but later said body camera footage showed the vehicle was actually driving away from them. The tragedy unfolded after officers responded to reports of underage drinking at a house party in Balch Springs, in Dallas County.

The teenager’s death led to protests calling for Oliver to be sacked. On Tuesday, he was fired from Balch Springs police for “violating department policies” in the shooting. Then on Friday, an arrest warrant was issued for the 37-year-old. The Dallas County sheriff’s office said evidence suggested he “intended to cause serious bodily injury and commit an act clearly dangerous to human life that caused the death”. Oliver later turned himself in at Parker County jail in Weatherford, about 95 miles west of Dallas, and was then freed on bail. The investigation into the shooting “will continue and does not conclude with the arrest”, sheriff’s spokeswoman Melinda Urbina said.

SOURCE: Sky News


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