Police officer who shot and killed Texas teen is fired

The Latest: Police err in statement on Texas teen's shooting

The Texas police officer who fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards as he was leaving a party was sacked Tuesday, police said.

Police announced Tuesday night that Officer Roy Oliver had been fired.

"You have my assurances my department will continue to be responsive, transparent and accountable", Haber said.

Though the internal affairs inquiry has been completed, a criminal investigation into the shooting is proceeding by two Dallas County agencies, the sheriff's department and the district attorney's office, and charges are possible.

A suburban Dallas police chief said Monday that his department wrongly described why an officer fired into a moving vehicle and killed Edwards, after an attorney for the boy's family said officers were trying to "justify the unjustifiable".

Edwards' death is one of dozens of shootings in recent years of men and women who were inside moving vehicles at the time they were shot, even after decades of urging from policing experts and reformers nationwide that departments ban officers from opening fire on moving vehicles.

Edwards' family said in a statement that while they were pleased that Oliver had been fired, they also "anxiously await this officer's. arrest for the crime of murder".

Haber declined to confirm whether any shots were confirmed to have been fired or whether the boys in the auto were armed, citing the ongoing investigation. The teenagers were reportedly fleeing a house party that about 100 teenagers were attending after hearing gunshots.

Edwards was shot in the head and died later at a local hospital. "Their young lives will be forever altered".

"The officer used a rifle to shoot through the window of a auto that was driving away".

The Latest: Police err in statement on Texas teen's shooting

Edwards's family also criticized officers' actions toward Jordan's brothers and two friends, who were with him in the auto.

On Tuesday, the chief accepted responsibility for the wrong information, which he said he released after relying on Oliver's account of what happened, the News said.

"Their original statement talked about the vehicle backing down the street towards the officers in an aggressive manner", says Merchant.

Haber said Tuesday that Oliver, with the department since 2011, has a chance to appeal his termination.

Edwards' family's attorney, Lee Merritt said none of the teenagers in the auto had been drinking at the party, and they were not charged with any crimes. Monday's release said the vehicle was actually "driving away from the officer" when the officer's weapon was sacked.

The Dallas County district attorney's office and the Dallas County sheriff's office are investigating the case.

Edwards' family has called for Oliver to be charged with murder for the shooting, which was witnessed by two of the teen's brothers.

"They're moving in the right direction, however it's not almost enough", she said.

"The vehicle then pulled forward as the officer continued to approach the vehicle giving verbal commands. That excuse isn't here", Merritt said Monday at a news conference with the family.

The Balch Springs Police Department did not immediately respond to Complex's request for comment.

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