No drugs or alcohol were found at the party Texas cops responded to on the night 15-year-old Jordan Edwards was fatally shot by police, officials said.
According to police, Balch Springs police officers Roy Oliver and Tyler Gross observed teenagers inside the party carrying around nothing more than energy drinks and soft drinks.
Officials said that one empty beer bottle was recovered from a trashcan inside the home but no drugs or alcohol were found on the premises. The revelation contradicts earlier police statements that claimed the opposite.
The officers had responded to a report about intoxicated teenagers at around 11 p.m. on April 29 in the 12300 block of Baron Drive when a vehicle carrying Edwards reportedly backed down the road toward police.
The vehicle, driven by Edwards’ older brother, Vidal Allen, was apparently leaving the party after gun shots rang out from the parking lot of a nearby nursing home.
As Oliver and Gross ran outside, Edwards, his two brothers and his two friends couldn’t drive down Baron Drive because it was blocked by officers. Allen then backed up onto Shepherd Lane where Oliver fired his rifle into the vehicle.
Officers said the car was backing up “aggressively” toward the cops but Balch Springs police chief Jonathan Haber admitted later that the car full of teens was actually driving away from officers when shots were fired.
Body-cam footage showed that the car first backed down the street before it fled the scene in the other direction, according to Haber.
That’s when Oliver opened fire. Edwards was sitting in the front seat. He was hit in the head and later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Following the incident, Oliver was placed on administrative leave and the shooting was ruled a homicide by the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office.
An investigation was launched by the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Public Integrity Unit and Oliver was charged with murder.
Edwards was a freshman at Mesquite High School where he was said to be a model student athlete with a GPA over 3.5.
“Great kid. Awesome parents. He was not a thug. This shouldn’t [have] happen to him,” said Chris Cano, choking back tears during the aftermath of the shooting. Cano’s son played football with Edwards.
“[Edwards] was well loved,” Cano added.
A lawsuit filed on behalf of Edward’s father, Odell Edwards, alleges an attempted cover-up regarding the fact that the vehicle Edwards was riding in was driving away from officers when fired on.
It also claims that Balch Springs inadequately trained Oliver and ignored multiple warning signs that he was prone to erratic and violent behavior.
Oliver has also been indicted on two aggravated assault charges for a road rage incident that occurred two weeks before the shooting in which he pulled his gun on a woman that rear-ended him.
Oliver’s murder trail has yet to go before a Dallas County grand jury. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.