Christian Taylor was a normal 19 year old college student, preparing to begin his sophomore year at Angelo State University. According to the Star-Telegram, police were notified of a burglary taking place around 1 a.m. Friday at a GMC Classic Buick dealership. Authorities say a security company called for emergency help after some company employees claim they saw a man using his car to crash right through the dealership’s showroom window.
“The officers went and confronted him. There was an altercation. An officer discharged his weapon and struck the suspect,” Sgt. Paul Rodriguez, a police spokesman, said to the Star-Telegram. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the body Friday afternoon as being 19-year-old Christian Taylor. Taylor was a sophomore at Angelo State University as well as a member of the football team. Christian Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene.
Rodriguez went on to say that Taylor did not have a weapon on him when he was shot.
Police identified the officer involved in the shooting as Brad Miller, 49, a recent graduate of the police academy. Miller was being supervised by a training officer at the time of the shooting and has been placed on administrative leave. “We’re having two independent investigations — a criminal and administrative,” Rodriguez said. “As an agency, we take the loss of any human life as serious, but we owe it to our community to conduct a clear and transparent investigation to determine what exactly took place.”
Clyde Fuller stepped forward and spoke to the Star-Telegram. Fuller is Taylor’s great uncle, and said the story that is being described here is missing some key points He said his great nephew was set to return to college and that he was an extremely good football player.
“He was a good kid. I don’t see him stealing no car or nothing like that,” Fuller said. “I think something is going on that somebody is lying about,” Fuller told the Star-Telegram. “They say he’s burglarizing the place by running up in there? Nuh-uh. Something doesn’t sound right.”
Sgt. Rodriguez told the newspaper that the officers are going to be getting body cameras but don’t have them yet, and as such, Officer Miller was not wearing one during the shooting. He added that there are several security cameras in the dealership, but police have yet to find footage which shows the incident clearly. “We are looking at all available video from outside and inside the location to obtain as much information as possible,” Rodriguez said.