Officer Brad Miller, 49, graduated from Police Academy in March, 2015. He is on administrative leave after shooting and killing unarmed 19-year-old Angelo State University defensive back Christian Taylor after the student crashed an SUV into a car dealership early Friday. Photo courtesy of Arlington Police Department
ARLINGTON, Texas, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- A recent recruit of the Arlington Police Department shot and killed an unarmed college athlete while responding to a burglary alarm early Friday morning.
Brad Miller, a 49-year-old officer trainee fatally shot 19-year-old Angelo State University defensive back Christian Taylor after the student crashed an SUV into a car dealership showroom at around 1 a.m.
The college sophomore died at the scene, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office. Just days before his death, Taylor tweeted "I don't wanna die too younggggg."
According to a statement by police, an altercation occurred when officers -- responding to a burglary call -- confronted Taylor, leading to the shooting. Anticipating public backlash, the department explained that it does not use body cameras, but is in the process of implementing them. The department reports it is conducting independent and administrative investigations.
"Surveillance video exists at the car dealership," the statement read. "The original 911 call was made from a security company that was observing the suspect on camera outside the business. We are looking at all available video from outside and inside the location to obtain as much information as possible."
Police have yet to acquire footage of the shooting, the statement said.
Miller, the officer in question, was placed on routine administrative leave as the investigation continues. "Prior to APD, Officer Miller had no previous police experience," the department reports.
ASU head coach Will Wagner tweeted, "Heart is hurting," after news of Taylor's death broke.