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    1 May 2017

    Officer fatally shoots 15-year-old in Balch Springs

    A 15-year-old was killed when an officer fired at a vehicle Saturday night in Balch Springs, police said. 
    Jordan Edwards, a freshman at Mesquite High School, was leaving a party when he was shot through the passenger's side window of the vehicle, attorney Lee Merritt said. 
    No officers were injured in the incident. 
    Balch Springs police Chief Jonathan Haber said officers heard gunshots as they were responding to a call of drunken teens about 11 p.m. in the 12300 block of Baron Drive.
    During an altercation, the vehicle backed down the road toward officers "in an aggressive manner," Haber said. An officer fired at the vehicle and struck a passenger, who was then transported to the hospital and pronounced dead, Balch Springs police said in a prepared statement.
    Haber said he did not have any information about whether weapons were found in the vehicle.
    The Dallas County District Attorney's Office and the Dallas County Sheriff's Department have taken over the criminal investigation.
    Haber offered his condolences to the teen's family.
    "On behalf of the entire Balch Springs Police Department, and the city of Balch Springs we express our deep, sincere condolences to the family," he said. "We will continue to reach out to the parents and keep them informed as we move forward from this point."
    The teen's parents are calling for justice and asking for the officer, who has been placed on routine administrative leave, to be arrested and charged, Merritt said.  The officer has not been identified. 
    Merritt challenged the police account that the vehicle Jordan was riding in was driving aggressively. It "will not hold water when the facts come out," he said.
    Merritt said Jordan and the others in the vehicle were not the teens police had initially been called about and had not been drinking. He said they did not face any charges.
    Friends are mourning the teen's death. It "shouldn't have happened to him," 13-year-old Chris Cano said Sunday through tear-filled eyes.
    "It could have easily been my son," said Chris Cano Sr., who said he met Jordan when the boy was 6. Jordan "was not a thug, and he had great parents."

    Merritt also represents a Fort Worth mother who was forced the ground by an officer in a video that went viral. The woman's daughters were also detained during the arrest. 
    He said that he hoped the investigation into the Balch Spring case would be objective because it was not being conducted internally and had instead been handed over to the Dallas County Sheriff's Department. 
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