Grand jury indicts former Balch Springs officer for murder, assault

Marco Green
July 18, 2017

A Texas grand jury indicted a former police officer Monday in the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards. Balch Springs police initially attributed the shooting, in part, to aggressive driving: After hearing gunshots and seeing a black Chevy Impala carrying Jordan and three other passengers reversing toward the police, Oliver opened fire, police said.

Police body camera footage of the shooting showed that Oliver fired into the moving auto as it drove away from him, the Chicago Tribune reported on Monday.

Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson also announced that the grand jury indicted Oliver on four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant.

Police had initially said the vehicle reversed "aggressively" towards the officer, but footage discredited the claim, showing the auto driving forward, away from him.

"I was unintentionally incorrect yesterday when I said that the victim's vehicle was backing down the road", Haber told reporters a couple of days after the shooting occurred.

Oliver was sacked in May after department officials said that his actions had violated department policies.

Roy Oliver faces five to 99 years in prison on the murder charge, the Dallas Observer reports.

Through a FOIA request, NBC News learned that Oliver had previously been suspended for anger problems and was ordered to take anger management training.

"It is important to let our community know that justice is proceeding effectively and thoroughly at the Dallas County DA's Office", Johnson said.

A date for Oliver's sentencing has not been set.

"What we've done is first, issued an arrest warrant immediately, just like we would do with any other case", she said, adding that no other agency had done so before obtaining an indictment.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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