College Football Star Smashes SUV Into Car Dealership Before He Was Shot Dead by Cop, Footage Shows
Surveillance video shows a college football star smashing his SUV into a car dealership before he was fatally shot by a rookie cop.
The nine-minute video, released by police on Monday, shows Christian Taylor, 19, at the Classic Buick GMC in South Arlington, Texas in the early hours of Friday.
The teenager is seen driving up to the car dealership before entering the lot on foot, stomping on a car and pulling out its front window.
The Angelo State University defensive back then headed back to his SUV and - for an unknown reason - drove it into the showroom window.
Police officers can be seen arriving on the scene.
Officers yelled out to the teenager, but he ran away and tried to open a locked door, Police Chief Will Johnson said on Monday.
Rookie cop Brad Miller and another officer went inside to arrest him. In a confrontation that was not caught on surveillance camera, Miller shot four rounds and the other officer used his Taser.
Taylor passed away at the scene.
An investigation has been launched. Police say they are looking at whether department rules were broken.
Miller wasn't wearing a body camera because the department does not use them, police said.
Miller was placed on administrative leave after the shooting, as is standard. The officer was in his first year and had still been working with a training officer. He had never previously fired his weapon in the line of duty, police said.
The 49-year-old joined the department last September and had no previous police experience.
Taylor, who was black, was shot by a white police officer just two days before the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri.
Taylor’s father told KTVT that his son didn’t deserve to die.
"What he'd done, ain't no way right," Adrian Taylor said. "But to shoot an unarmed man? You're a police officer, you're trained to take down men with your hands. You have your Tasers, you have your clubs, whatever there is. Unarmed, a 19-year-old -- and you shoot to kill?"
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