Unarmed black teenager Jordan Edwards shot by police in Texas as he left a house party

15-year-old black teenager shot by police officer as he left a party in Texas

Jordan Edwards was killed as he left a party in Texas (Credit: Twitter: @TheJLV)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A black teenager in Texas has died from gunshot injuries after a police officer opened fire on the car he was traveling in. 

Jordan Edwards, 15, had left a party in Balch Springs after it had spiralled out of control, and had got into a vehicle to leave the area with other teenagers. All of them were unarmed. 

A police officer responding at the scene shot at the car with a rifle, the bullet injuring Edwards after it shattered the car's front window. He was taken to hospital, where he later died of his wounds.

The officer who killed Edwards, whose name has not been publicly released, has been placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation into the incident.

The police chief for Balch Springs, Jonathan Haber, originally said the car had been aggressively backing towards an officer at the scene, but then admitted he'd "misspoke" [sic].

He later clarified the incident didnt meet the "core values" of the force, after seeing video footage. 

A number of people from Edwards' community and school have demanded answers for the shooting.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department has taken point on the investigation and is currently reviewing the video footage.