Grand jury indicts former Balch Springs officer for murder, assault

Grand jury indicts former Balch Springs officer for murder, assault

A Dallas County, Texas, grand jury has decided that the police officer who fired a rifle at a auto full of teenagers in April, fatally wounding one of them, will face murder charges.

Jordan was in a vehicle with his brother and friends when he was shot in the head by Oliver after leaving a party on April 29.

The Dallas County District Attorney's First Assistant Mike Snipes and Jason Hermus, Division Chief of the Public Integrity Division, presented the case to the Grand Jury.

Police had initially said the vehicle reversed "aggressively" towards the officer, but footage discredited the claim, showing the auto driving forward, away from him.

Oliver, 31, and several other officers were called to the scene in late April after neighbors called police about a loud house party in the neighborhood, stating that they were anxious about underage drinking because of the teens they could see coming in and out of the residence.

If convicted, he would be the first police officer convicted of murder in Dallas county since 1973, the report adds.

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Police body camera footage of the shooting showed that Oliver fired into the moving vehicle as it drove away from him, the Chicago Tribune reported on Monday.

Oliver joined the Balch Springs department in 2011 after being an officer with the Dalworthington Gardens Police Department for nearly a year. In late June, three police brutality trials concluded without a conviction for the officers involved.

Oliver was charged with murder in May 5.

"I have a personal guarantee to Jordan, his family, this community that we will prosecute this case vigorously", Johnson told reporters.

Oliver, who has since been fired from the police department, faces two other assault charges connected to a separate road rage incident, in which he is accused of threatening two people with a gun.

A former Balch Springs Police officer has been indicted by a Dallas Grand Jury for murder in the death of a teenager. He was released from jail on a $700,000 bond.

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