ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – An Arlington police officer is under criminal investigation after shooting an unarmed burglary suspect at a car dealership.
Adrian Taylor can’t imagine what prompted his son, Christian James Taylor to smash his SUV into this car dealership early Friday morning.
“You know, it could have been too much drinking, he could have been wrong place at the wrong time, he could have gotten something and he didn’t know what he was getting,” Adrian Taylor said. “I don’t know.”
Police confronted the 19-year-old when they arrived on the scene.
Police said that’s when forty-nine year old Brad Miller, an officer still in training, shot and killed Taylor.
Taylor was not carrying a weapon.
“The department is sad for the loss of this life,” said Arlington Police Department Spokesman Sgt. Paul Rodriguez. “And we are committed to providing our community we serve a clear and transparent investigation. We will hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of policing.”
Taylor’s dad said his son was in his first year of college at San Angelo.
“No real problems,” he said. “Just a good dude, man. We’d be going over here to church and he’d pull over and give a homeless guy money, shoes if he needed and he’d have to go back home and get some more shoes because he gave his away. He was like that.”
Taylor said no matter what his son was doing at the car dealership, he should not have been killed.
“What he was doing ain’t no way right,” he said. “But to shoot an unarmed man? And you’re trained to take down men with your hands, with Taser, with your club and you shoot to kill?”
Miller is on mandatory administrative leave while criminal and administrative investigations are conducted.
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