Roy Oliver, the fired Balch Springs, Texas, police officer who shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards as he was driving away from a party in the Dallas suburb, was arrested on a murder charge Friday night, reports the Dallas Morning News. Oliver, 37, turned himself in at the Parker County Jail. Bail was set at $300,000. He posted bond and was out before 10 p.m. If convicted of murder, he faces up to life in prison.
Oliver, who lives southeast of Dallas in Combine, Texas, fired a rifle into a car of teenagers as they drove away from a party on April 29, striking Jordan, a passenger, in the head, police said. The six-year veteran of the department was fired Tuesday. He was the second of two officers who responded to a report of underage drinking. After gunfire was heard in the area, Jordan and four other teenagers got in their car to leave. Police originally said Oliver fired on the car because it was backing up aggressively toward the officers. But the department revised its account after reviewing body-cam footage, saying the car was driving away when Jordan was shot. The arrest warrant affidavit says another officer used his gun to break the car’s rear window before Oliver got behind the officer and fired several rounds into the car as it drove past. The white officer’s shooting of an unarmed black teenager has renewed allegations nationwide that racial bias among police has led to deadly overreactions.