A 15-year-old boy who died following an encounter with police in a Dallas suburb was shot in the head by a rifle, Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office said.
The medical examiner’s office said Monday that Jordan Edwards’s death was ruled a homicide. The teen, who has been identified by family members, was killed Saturday night on a residential street in Balch Springs, where he was shot by an officer.
But by Sunday, there were two different versions of what prompted the officer-involved shooting.
Balch Springs police chief Jonathan Haber told reporters at a news conference Sunday afternoon that officers were dispatched to the 12300 block of Baron Drive in Balch Springs after receiving a 911 call at 11 p.m. reporting several drunken teens walking around the neighborhood.
Once officers arrived, they heard gunshots, Haber said. In what police described as an “unknown altercation,” a vehicle then began “backing down the street toward the officers in an aggressive manner.” One officer shot at the vehicle, Haber said, striking the front seat passenger.
Jordan was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. In their initial statements, police did not explicitly say that the bullet from the officer’s weapon killed the teen.
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