Christian Taylor, a 19-year-old sophomore defensive back for Division II Angelo State University, was shot and killed by police in Texas Friday morning, according to the Associated Press. Taylor was unarmed.
Police responded to a burglary call at a car dealership in Arlington, outside Dallas, around 1 a.m. Friday and found that a car had crashed through the dealership’s front window. Taylor was inside the dealership and was confronted by officers, at which point “there was an altercation during which at least one officer discharged his weapon,” police said in a statement.
Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene.
The department has identified the officer who shot Taylor as 49-year-old Brad Miller. Miller graduated from the Arlington police academy in March and had no previous police before joining the department.
Angelo State head coach Will Wagner tweeted a brief message after Taylor’s death.
Heart is hurting— Will Wagner (@Coachwillwagner) August 7, 2015
Serena Williams also tweeted about Taylor’s death.
According to an analysis by The Washington Post, there have been 585 people shot and killed by police in the United States this year, as of Saturday.
- Dan Gartland