A suburban Dallas officer who shot and killed a college football player during a burglary call at a car dealership had never fired his weapon in the line of duty before, police said Saturday.
Arlington police officer Brad Miller is on administrative leave after the early Friday shooting of 19-year-old Christian Taylor. A police news conference was scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday to discuss the shooting.
Police Sgt. Paul Rodriguez said earlier in the day that Miller and his training officer were the only two officers known to have directly engaged Taylor, an Arlington native who was a sophomore at Angelo State University in West Texas. Other officers had set up a perimeter around the car dealership where the incident occurred.
According to a police statement, an “altercation” of some kind ensued and Miller shot Taylor.
Taylor, who was black, was shot by a white police officer two days before the anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, an unarmed, black 18-year-old whose death galvanized the “Black Lives Matter” movement and sparked protests that at times turned violent.
Some of the nationwide criticism of police use of force in the last year has happened online, and Taylor’s death resonated on social media, with some posts questioning the official account and calling for video to be released.
Police say they are investigating Taylor’s death both as a possible criminal case and to determine whether department rules were broken.
Miller, 49, has been with the Arlington Police Department since last September and has been working under the supervision of a training officer since his graduation from the police academy in March, according to police. Miller had no police experience before joining the Arlington police force.