BALCH SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Texas 15-year-old who was killed when a police officer fired into a moving vehicle in which the teen was riding (all times local):
A suburban Dallas police chief says his department incorrectly described why an officer shot at a moving vehicle and killed a 15-year-old boy.
Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber said Monday that video contradicted his original statement about the Saturday night shooting that killed Jordan Edwards.
Edwards and four other teenagers were in a vehicle leaving a party when an officer fired at them. Police first said the vehicle was backing up toward police at the scene “in an aggressive manner.” But Haber said Monday that video shows the vehicle not reversing, but instead “moving forward as the officers approached.”
Attorney Lee Merritt, who is representing the boy’s family, says the shooting of Jordan, who was black, brings to mind other deaths of black people in encounters with police.
The race of the officer was not immediately released.
Haber called Monday for time to let authorities complete their investigations.
A 15-year-old boy has died after a Dallas-area police officer fired into a car that authorities say was being driven in an “aggressive manner.”
Balch Springs police Chief Jonathan Haber said at a news conference Sunday that officers heard gunshots after responding to a call of drunken teenagers in a neighborhood.
He says officers grew concerned when the car backed down a street, prompting one unidentified officer to fire.
Lee Merritt, an attorney representing the boy’s family, said the teen killed was high school freshman Jordan Edwards. He was shot Saturday night and died at a hospital.
Merritt says the car wasn’t being driven aggressively and that the teens in the car weren’t the ones police had been called about.
He says the family wants the officer arrested and charged.