An unarmed 15-year-old boy was allegedly shot and killed by a Texas police officer in the residential area of Balch Springs, a suburb of Dallas.
The boy, identified as Jordan Edwards, was in a vehicle that an officer shot at. He was in the front seat of the car when one of the bullets fired hit him. After the incident took place, he was rushed to the hospital but unfortunately he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.
According to the police, officers were responding to a report of intoxicated teenagers as they had received a call about underage drinking in the area. They further added that when officers arrived on the street, they heard gunfire and then a car filled with passengers backed up toward them.
“There was an unknown altercation with the vehicle backing down the road towards the officers in an aggressive manner. An officer shot at the vehicle, striking a front seat passenger. The individual was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased,” read the press release.
Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber said in a statement, “On behalf of the entire Balch Springs Police Department, and the city of Balch Springs we express our deep, sincere condolences to the family.”
The police officer who allegedly shot the boy has been placed on administrative leave.
According to the Edwards’ family attorney, Lee Merrit, Edwards was leaving the party and the vehicle he was in was not the vehicle the police had been informed about. He also disputed the police account and said there was no aggression from the vehicle and none of the occupants in the vehicle were armed.
"They were simply leaving a party where they believed danger was, so I can't wrap my mind around why an officer decided to shoot into the car," said Merritt.
Edwards’ friends and family are also shaken by the unfortunate incident.
“He was a straight A student, I can tell you he was always smiling. I can tell you he was a very, very brilliant and humble and very sweet kid,” said Robbin McDonald, a family friend.
“I still can’t believe it. I want to see his smile again,” said Chris Cano, Jr., a friend and teammate.
Just heard from the devastated family of an unarmed 15 y/o boy who was shot & killed by police outside of Dallas, TX last night.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) April 30, 2017
Jordan Edwards,15, shot&killed by Balch Springs police as they responded to underage drinking call Sat night.Dallas Co Sheriff investigating pic.twitter.com/KXGDY2FYH1— Lynnanne Nguyen (@LynnanneFOX4) April 30, 2017
Today: #JordanEdwards— eemi (@eemanabbasi) May 1, 2017
A 15 y/o child killed in a car full of children, while trying to leave a party. No white teen fears dying at a party.
His name was Jordan Edwards.— Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 1, 2017
And this has happened again. https://t.co/2FUbh1HOB8
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