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Fired Texas officer free on bail after arrest in teen’s shooting death
WATCH Texas cop who fatally shot 15-year-old has been fired, police say
A recently-fired Texas police officer who fatally shot a 15-year-old boy is free on bail after turning himself into authorities Friday night, just hours after a warrant for his arrest was issued.
Roy Oliver turned himself in at the Parker County Jail in Weatherford, about 95 miles west of Dallas, according to ABC affiliate WFAA.
He was later released after posting bail at the jail. His bond had been set at $300,000, WFAA reported.
Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber announced on Tuesday that Oliver had been fired from the police department after nearly six years of service.
The booking photo of Roy Oliver, a former Texas police officer who turned himself into authorities on May 5, 2017, just hours after a warrant for his arrest was issued in connection with the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy.
The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department had issued the warrant for his arrest on Friday in connection with the shooting death in April of Jordan Edwards. spokeswoman Melina Urbina confirmed to ABC News earlier Friday.
“The warrant was issued due to evidence that suggested Mr. Oliver intended to cause serious bodily injury and commit an act clearly dangerous to human life that caused the death of an individual,” Urbina said in a statement. “The warrant gives any peace officer the authority to arrest Roy Oliver for the crime of murder. Mr. Oliver can also turn himself into any peace officer if he so chooses.”
She added, “The investigation into the death of Jordan Edwards will continue and does not conclude with the arrest of Roy Oliver.”
In response to the arrest warrant being issued, the Edwards family released a statement through their lawyer S. Lee Merritt. “Today has been an emotionally tense day as the family prepares for the wake of their beloved Jordan,” reads the statement. “Although this does not take away the excruciating pain caused by the loss of a son, brother, and friend, the announcement that the appropriate warrant has been issued for the arrest of Roy Oliver on the charge of murder has brought a bit of reprieve in a time of intense mourning. Although we realize that there remain significant obstacles ahead on the road to justice, this action brings hope that the justice system will bend against the overwhelming weight of our frustration.”
Roy Oliver appears in this photo from the Balch Springs Police Department Facebook page, April 1, 2015.