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Witnesses: No reason for Texas police to fire into car

August 17, 2018

DALLAS (AP) — Teenagers who witnessed a police shooting that killed a high school freshman in Texas say there was no reason for the ex-officer to fire into the car carrying the victim and other black teenagers.

The two teens testified Friday during the murder trial for fired Balch Springs Police Officer Roy Oliver. Oliver fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards after police broke up a house party last year.

Witnesses Eric Knight and Jeremy Seaton told jurors they saw the shooting from a parking lot of a nearby nursing home. Seaton says the car backed up slowly before it accelerated forward, going into the wrong lane of traffic to avoid police.

Oliver has said he feared for his and his partner’s safety when the car sped by.

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