While police initially said the auto was driving "aggressively towards the officer", prompting the shot, Haber recanted that account Monday after viewing officer body camera video that authorities said showed that the vehicle was driving away from the officers.
Balch Springs Police Officer Roy Oliver, the second officer to arrive on the scene, fired multiple shots with a rifle into the vehicle, killing Edwards. "I acted on them", Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber told press yesterday (May 2).
Although the department said its internal investigation had concluded, the chief refused to detail Oliver's policy violations, citing the officer's right to appeal his termination and ongoing inquiries by the Dallas Sheriff's Department and the Dallas County district attorney's public integrity unit.
At first, Balch Springs police said the vehicle carrying Edwards was aggressively moving in reverse toward police. "I made a mistake and I apologized for it", Haber said on Tuesday.
According to a statement released by the lawyer of the Edwards' family, were grateful for Oliver's dismissal but they still want him arrested for murder. The Dallas County Medical Examiner ruled Edwards's death a homicide caused by a "rifle wound" to the head.
Lee Merritt, the Edwards family's attorney, has said that neither Edwards nor any of the other four teens in the auto were drinking at the party, none of them were armed with a weapon and none of them were initially sought by police.
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Cindy Stormer, an attorney for Oliver, issued a statement saying the shooting was "recent and still being investigated". Edwards and the four people with him chose to leave what was becoming an unruly party as they heard gunshots ring out and police were arriving, Merritt said, citing what witnesses had told lawyers.
The department immediately turned over its investigation into the incident to the Dallas County Sheriff's Department. The vehicle continued to reverse and back into the main roadway despite commands from the officer. It took the people in the auto a few moments to realise Jordan was slumped over.
Before Haber's update, Merritt and the teen's family held their own news conference, during which Merritt accused police of "offering facts that they believe paint a picture that would justify the unjustifiable".
"The magnitude of his terrible actions can not be overstated", said a statement released from the family of Jordan Edwards. They could not tell if he had died instantly or not at the time, they added.
"It did not meet our core values", Haber said of his officer's actions.
The family asked that the community refrain from marches and protests, and said they do not condone violence against law enforcement officers. One of Jordan's brothers was driving. "They began to run, as many kids began to run", Crockett said Tuesday on "Primetime Justice with Ashleigh Banfield" on HLN. Oliver shot his rifle at the auto striking and killing Edwards through the passenger's side window.