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Texas Officer Who Fatally Shot 15-Year-Old Football Star is Fired as Family Calls for Murder Charges

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A veteran Texas officer who fatally shot a 15-year-old boy in a moving vehicle late Saturday night has been fired from the force, PEOPLE confirms.

According to a statement issued Tuesday evening, Chief Jonathan Haber dismissed Roy Oliver — a six-year veteran of the Balch Springs, Texas, police force — after body camera video of the incident conflicted with Oliver’s account.

Oliver, the statement alleges, was among a number of officers dispatched to a home to break up a large party. Police entered the residence looking for its owners when they allegedly heard multiple gunshots ring out, and rushed outside.

Oliver told investigators he fired his rifle into a car that was reversing towards him in an aggressive manner. But during a press conference Tuesday, Haber told reporters the car was actually pulling away from the officer.

The statement alleges a single rifle shot killed the car’s passenger, 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, a high school freshman known for being a talented football player.

Haber said Tuesday that Oliver can appeal his termination, but he alleged the officer violated numerous department policies.

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“After reviewing the findings, I have made the decision to terminate Roy Oliver’s employment with the Balch Springs Police Department,” Haber told reporters. “My department will continue to be responsive, transparent, and accountable.”

Haber said Oliver’s actions Saturday night “did not meet our core values.”

Family Calls for Murder Charges

PEOPLE was unable to reach Lee Merritt, Jordan’s family’s attorney.

However, a statement from the family calls for criminal charges to be brought against Oliver.

“We are grateful the decision has been made to terminate the officer responsible for Jordan’s murder,” the statement reads. “Over the past 24 hours Chief Haber has made commendable strides toward justice. However, there remains a long road ahead. We anxiously await this officer’s identification and arrest for the crime of murder.”

The statement adds that “Jordan was a loving child, with a humble and sharing spirit. The bond that he shared with his family, particularly his siblings, was indescribable. Not only have Jordan’s brothers lost their best friend; they witnessed firsthand his violent, senseless, murder. Their young lives will forever be altered. No one, let alone young children, should witness such horrific, unexplainable, violence.”

Merritt told CBS News that his clients want Jordan’s death to trigger “significant change in policy and procedures in the culture so that no family has to endure what they have to endure.”

The shooting is being investigated by the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and Dallas County Sheriff’s Office.

Oliver could not be reached for comment.