15-Year-Old Boy Shot, Killed By Balch Springs Officer

UPDATED | April 30, 2017 10:33 PM

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BALCH SPRINGS (CBSDFW.COM) – A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed by a Balch Springs police officer and the community is seeking answers as to why the incident occurred.

Police did not name the victim, but he was identified by loved ones as Jordan Edwards.

 15 Year Old Boy Shot, Killed By Balch Springs Officer

Jordan Edwards

Investigators say he was the passenger in a car officers found when they received a call about underage drinking.

After expressing his condolences to the family, Balch Springs police chief Jonathan Haber told reports and the crowd gathered at a news conference that after responding to the first call, his officers heard gunshots.

Chief Haber says the car carrying the victim backed down a road toward officers in an aggressive way. An officer then proceeded to fire a shot at the car, which hit the 15-year-old passenger.

Jordan Edwards was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Friends remember Edwards as a great athlete and a respectful young man. “Best running back I ever played with, and I’ll never forget him,” said friend and teammate Chris Cano, Jr. “I still can’t believe it. I want to see his smile again.”

Attorney Lee Merritt represents the victim’s family. He says he spoke with the other teenagers who were in the car, and he insists there was nothing dangerous about the way the young man behind the wheel was driving.

“They were simply leaving a party where they believed danger was,” said Merritt. “So I can’t wrap my mind around why an officer decided to shoot into the car.”

Chief Haber also said the police department has been receiving threats.

“Over the last several hours, we’ve received threats through social media towards officers… also towards our community,” said Chief Haber. “We want to encourage everyone to please just be patient.”

Officers in Balch Springs say they will conduct their own internal affairs investigation, but it’s the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department that will take the lead in investigating the officer-involved shooting.

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  1. Ed Jime says:

    Nothing will happen and it will end up being “justified” by the police, they never do anything wrong. Its well known you DON’T shoot into a car unless you know its going to harm you, but its widely known you don’t shoot into a car even if moving, unless its driving in an aggressive manner towards you. This is not that situation, it ANOTHER untrained officer who just can’t wait to use his gun.

  2. Not so, Ed. You watch too much television.

    1. so where in h@@l are you get your information from bill

  3. come on hurry up I don’t have all day went are we going to get to coverup story to justify this one can’t wait to hear how this straight- a honor student is just another black thug who was just asking for it

  4. John Cokos says:

    Folks, by the time the Chief and all the local Texas Authorities get the spin out, (it’s called parallel construction where you re-arranged the facts AFTER THE INCIDENT) Edwards will be the victim the second time around. You CANNOT rely on the PR effort of any Police Dept in Texas. They are out of control thugs in Black uniforms.

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