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Arlington Police Officer in Training Fatally Shoots Unarmed Teen at Car Dealership

Arlington Police Officer Brad Miller (Arlington Police Department Photo)
Arlington Police Officer Brad Miller (Arlington Police Department Photo)

Elsie Schmelzer, THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS

 
ARLINGTON, Texas (The Dallas Morning News) — A 49-year-old police trainee killed an unarmed teen burglary suspect who drove an SUV into the showroom of an Arlington car dealership early Friday.

Officer Brad Miller shot 19-year-old Christian Taylor about 1 a.m. after officers responded to a burglar alarm at Classic Buick GMC near Interstate 20 and Collins Street, police said.

Taylor, a football star and 2014 graduate of Mansfield Summit, was unarmed, police said.

The dealership’s security company reported the break-in after its cameras recorded a man there after hours, police said. Sgt. Paul Rodriguez said a burglar drove a sport utility vehicle through the dealership showroom’s glass doors.

When police arrived they found Taylor in the showroom and approached him. Police said Miller shot Taylor after an “altercation.” Taylor died at the scene, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

A little more than a week before his death, Taylor tweeted “I don’t wanna die too younggggg.”

 

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