Jordan Edwards, a 15-year-old from Balch Springs, Dallas, was shot and killed by a Texas police officer Saturday night. He was unarmed at the time and the unnamed officer has ben placed on administrative leave, WFAA reports.
Edwards was in a vehicle that the officer shot at, with one of the shots hitting Edwards, who was sitting in the front seat. The car was in a residential of Balch Springs, a suburb of Dallas.
Edwards was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Officers were responding to a report of intoxicated teenagers.
A press release from police read: “There was an unknown altercation with the vehicle backing down the road towards the officers in an aggressive manner. An officer shot at the vehicle, striking a front seat passenger. The individual was transported to the hospital where we was pronounced deceased.”
Edwards had been leaving the party and his family’s attorney said the car he was in was not the car police had been responding to. The attorney, Lee Merritt, wrote on Twitter:
As the family prepares to bury their child they must combat false claims of under-aged drinking & fabrications about “aggressive” behavior
— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) May 1, 2017
Edwards’ friend and teammare, Chris Cano, Jr., told CBS Local that the teen was the “best running back” and added “I still can’t believe it. I want to see his smile again.”
A family friend, Robbin McDonald, told FOX 4: “He was a straight A student, I can tell you he was always smiling.
“I can tell you he was a very, verybrilliant and humble and very sweet kid.”
Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber said: “On behalf of the entire Balch Springs Police Department, and the city of Balch Springs we express our deep, sincere condolences to the family.”
Edwards was a freshman at Mesquite High School and a student-athlete. He played running back for his school’s football team and was said to have received straight As, according to a family friend.