A 15-year-old youth was killed Saturday night when an officer fired at a vehicle in the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs, reports the Dallas Morning News. Jordan Edwards, a high school freshman, was leaving a party at about 11 p.m. when he was shot through the passenger’s side window of the vehicle, attorney Lee Merritt said. Balch Springs police Chief Jonathan Haber said officers heard gunshots as they were responding to a call of drunken teens. During an altercation, the vehicle backed down the road toward officers “in an aggressive manner,” Haber said. An officer fired at the vehicle and Edwards was fatally wounded, police said.
Haber said he did not have any information about whether weapons were found in the vehicle. The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department have taken over the criminal investigation. The teen’s parents are calling for justice and asking for the officer, who has been placed on routine administrative leave, to be arrested and charged, Merritt said. The officer has not been identified. Merritt challenged the police account that the vehicle Jordan was riding in was driving aggressively. It “will not hold water when the facts come out,” he said. Merritt said Edwards and the others in the vehicle were not the teens police had initially been called about and had not been drinking. He said they did not face any charges.