A police officer in Balch Springs, Texas, reportedly shot and killed an unarmed 15-year-old boy on April 29 (video below).
The Balch Springs Police Department said officers were responding to a report of drunken teens at a late night house party, notes WFAA.
Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber elaborated during a news conference at the town's local library on April 30, reports KXAS:
While officers were at the location, they heard gunfire. There was an unknown altercation with a vehicle backing down the road toward officers in an aggressive manner. An officer shot at the vehicle, striking a front seat passenger. The individual was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased...
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...On behalf of the entire Balch Springs Police Department and the city of Balch Springs we express our sincere condolences with the family. I have reached out and personally met and spoken with the parents and expressed my condolences, as well.
While the police did not identify the teen, family members and friends have identified him as Jordan Edwards, an honor roll student and athlete.
Haber indicated that he had turned over his department's investigation to the Dallas County Sheriff's Department.
According to the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office, Jordan was killed by a rifle wound to the head, reports WFAA.
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Members of the community and several of Jordan's coaches showed up at Haber's press conference, where they demanded answers from the police and complained about a lack of detailed information about the shooting.
Lee Merritt, a lawyer representing the Edwards' family, said there was no aggression from the vehicle and its occupants were unarmed: "They were simply leaving a party where they believed danger was, and so I can't wrap my mind around why an officer decided to shoot into the car."
Merritt told The Dallas Morning News that Jordan was shot through the passenger side window.
Merritt also said the youngsters in the vehicle were not the teens whom the police were looking for, and will not face any charges.
The officer who fired the shots was placed on administrative duty, but was not identified. The Balch Springs Police Department said all of its officers wear body cameras, and all of their cars have dash cameras, reports KXAS.
The Dallas County District Attorney's office released a statement regarding the incident and investigation:
The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office’s Public Integrity Unit includes a specialized group of experienced attorneys and investigators. The Civil Rights Team responds to all officer involved shooting in Dallas County to conduct an impartial and independent investigation.
As such, the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the death of Jordan Edwards. We offer our sincere condolences to Jordan’s family and will continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers as we move forward expeditiously, with a commitment to justice and transparency.