Former Balch Springs Police Officer Indicted For Murder

Ross Houston
July 18, 2017

"Police Chief Jonathan Haber originally said the black Chevrolet Impala was aggressively backing up toward Oliver and Officer Tyler Gross", the Morning News notes.

Oliver joined the Balch Springs department in 2011 after being an officer with the Dalworthington Gardens Police Department for nearly a year.

Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson told reporters justice would continue to be served throughout the upcoming trial.

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.


The Balch Springs Police Department later changed that account, however, after video of the incident showed the teenagers were actually driving away from Oliver when he fired multiple rounds into the packed auto. "Jordan, who sat in the front passenger seat, was struck in the head".

The four aggravated assault charges were for the four teens inside the vehicle, Johnson said.

Oliver was sacked in May for violating department policies after police department officials reviewed body camera footage of the incident, which showed Oliver shooting his rifle into a moving vehicle that was traveling away from him and another officer.

Haber later said the body camera footage showed the vehicle was driving forward - away from the officers, not reversing towards them. I support our police officers.


Through a FOIA request, NBC News learned that Oliver had previously been suspended for anger problems and was ordered to take anger management training.

Oliver was charged with murder in May 5.

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. "This is the very first time we have issued an arrest warrant for a police officer before the case was presented to a grand jury".


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