A house party near Dallas turned deadly over the weekend when a police officer shot at a car full of teenagers. A 15-year-old inside the car was hit. He was pronounced dead after being rushed to the hospital.
According to the NY Daily News, an officer with the Balch Springs Police Department in Texas opened fire on a car that was backing down the street—reportedly towards cops—around 11:00 p.m. on Saturday. At least one bullet broke through the car window and struck 15-year-old freshman Jordan Edwards.
Prior to the incident, a 911 call was made for noise complaints at the home where the party occurred. Police later added that there was reports of underaged drinking. Cops said they heard gunfire before the boys' vehicle drove towards them in “an aggressive manner."
Lee Merritt, a lawyer representing the victim’s family, has identified Edwards as a straight-A student at Mesquite High School. He says that the five teens heard gunshots while at the party and drove away, with Edwards' 16-year-old brother at the wheel. He said that the teens didn't realize that the officer was firing at them and pulled over a block later after they realized that their friend was shot. “They're never going to be the same."
The officer who fired the fatal shots has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. The person has not yet been identified. Merritt claims that none of the boys were armed or drinking.
This afternoon, Edwards' death was ruled a homicide.
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