The Police Officer Who Killed Jordan Edwards Has Been Charged With Murder

Roy Oliver was fired from the Balch Springs Police Department on Wednesday.

May 05, 2017

On Friday afternoon, a Texas judge signed an arrest warrant for Balch Springs Police Officer Roy Oliver, who on Saturday shot and killed black teenager Jordan Edwards as he left a party. Oliver will face a murder charge, The Dallas Morning News has reported.


The incident took place at a house party, where Oliver and another officer were called on reports of a house party with drunk teenagers. Both Oliver and Jordan Edwards's friends reported hearing gunshots at one point in the evening. When Edwards attempted to leave with his friends in a car, the officers confronted them and broke the rear passenger window with a rifle. Oliver fired several shots into the car with the rifle, one of which struck Edwards in the head, killing him.

The shooting sparked national outrage and led to Oliver's dismissal on Wednesday. Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber, who initially defended Oliver, changed his position after reviewing body cam footage. "[The shooting] did not meet our core values," he said.

Oliver became an officer in Dalworthington Gardens near Fort Worth in 2010. Previously, he had been on active duty in the Army since 2004. According to records in the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, Oliver took precision rifle training and took a class on the use of force.

The funeral for Jordan Edwards will be held this Sunday, the family's attorney has announced. It will not be open to the public.

The Police Officer Who Killed Jordan Edwards Has Been Charged With Murder