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Texas Jury Finds Former Police Officer Guilty For Shooting Unarmed Black Teen

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Neetu Chandak Education and Politics Reporter

A Texas jury found a white former police officer guilty Tuesday for the murder of an unarmed black teen who was shot in a moving car in April 2017 .

Roy Oliver killed Jordan Edwards, 15, after he shot into the car. Edwards sat in the front seat and four other passengers were present in the car, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Oliver testified on Aug. 23 that he shot at the car out of fear his partner, Officer Tyler Gross, would be hit, according to the AP. He added that he felt like he had no other choice.

Gross, however, said he did not think the car was trying to hit him. (RELATED: Las Vegas Shooting Survivor Becomes Police Officer)

Investigators said there were no guns in the vehicle, according to the AP.

The shooting happened after Oliver and Gross broke up a house party where there was underage drinking. Both officers had heard gun shots outside, though it was later determined the fires were coming from a nearby nursing home, the AP reported.

Oliver felt sickened upon realizing he had killed the boy and “was in shock for days,” according to the AP.

Balch Springs Police Department (BSPD) fired Oliver days after the shooting. Oliver served in the U.S. Army and in the Texas National Guard prior to working at BSPD, CBS News reported in 2017.

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