According to initial reports, the officers were responding around 11:00 p. m. to a 911 call "reporting several underage kids drunk walking around" at a party of approximately 100 people. Upon arrival, the officers allegedly heard gunshots, which created panic and caused party-goers to flee. Officer Roy Oliver fired three rifle rounds into a vehicle, striking Edwards in the head and killing him. Oliver was reportedly armed with a Modern Carbine MC5 rifle. Along with Edwards, the car contained two of Edwards' brothers and two friends. Edwards' 16-year-old brother was driving the car. Lee Merritt, a lawyer for Edwards' family, said Oliver shot through the front passenger side window. Edwards was pronounced dead at a local hospital. According to police, Edwards' brother was held in police custody overnight for the purpose of questioning him as a witness.