Released Friday, Aug. 7, 2015|8 p.m.
Updated Friday, Aug. 7, 2015|11:53 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Texas– A law enforcement officer in suburban Dallas shot and killed a college football gamer throughout a struggle after the unarmed 19-year-old crashed a vehicle through the front window of a car dealer, authorities said.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the dead male as Christian Taylor, of Arlington. Taylor was a sophomore at Angelo State University in San Angelo.
Officers were reacting to a break-in call about 1 a.m. Friday in Arlington when they discovered somebody had driven a car through a front window of the Classic Buick GMC, according to a statement from the Arlington Police Department. The statement said authorities approached the suspect and a struggle occurred. Eventually during the battle, an officer shot Taylor.
Cops recognized the officer as Brad Miller, a 49-year-old who has actually been with the department considering that last September and who has been working under the supervision of a training officer given that his college graduation from the police academy in March. The police statement said Miller had no police experience prior to signing up with the Arlington police.
He will be placed on management leave, which is routine in such cases. Independent criminal and management examinations, according to the authorities statement.
The shooting comes amid enhanced examination nationwide of police usage of force, specifically in cases involving black suspects. Taylor was black. The case resonated on social networks, with posts questioning the main account that Taylor was committing a burglary and asking why there was no video of the altercation. By Friday night, #ChristianTaylor was trending on Twitter.
Taylor’s fantastic uncle, Clyde Fuller of Grand Prairie, Texas, explained Taylor as “a good kid” and stated he didn’t believe that Taylor was aiming to commit a criminal activity.
“They say he’s robbing the location by adding in there? Nuh-uh. Something does not sound right,” Fuller told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
It was unclear whether there was any video of the shooting. Police Sgt. Paul Rodriguez stated Arlington officers have not been equipped with body video cameras, and cops said they haven’t discovered any car dealership security video that recorded it.
The Star-Telegram reported that court records it reviewed showed Taylor was sentenced to six months of deferred adjudication last December on a drug charge coming from a September 2013 traffic stop in which police reported Taylor was discovered with 11 hydrocodone tablets not recommended to him. The case was dismissed July 14 after Taylor satisfied the requirement of his probation. He finished from Top High School in Mansfield, Texas, in 2014.
Angelo State officials said they were distressed to hear of the death of Taylor, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound defensive back.
“We’re not knowledgeable about any of the information due to the fact that it took place away from here, however we ‘d much like people to know that we are sad and sorry for his family and friend,” university spokeswoman Becky Brackin told the San Angelo Standard-Times.
In a Twitter posting, football coach Will Wagner said, “Heart is hurting.”