Christian Taylor, 19-Year-Old College Football Player, Fatally Shot by Police
Christian Taylor, 19-Year-Old College Football Player, Fatally Shot by Police.
Sophomore defensive back Christian Taylor of Angelo State University was shot and killed by a police offer in the Dallas suburbs just after 1 a.m. Friday morning, according to the Associated Press.
Citing a statement from the Arlington Police Department, the Associated Press reported police responded to a burglary call after a car had been driven through the front window of the Classic Buick GMC car dealership in Arlington. Per the release, police arrived and approached Taylor before a struggle took place and officer in training Brad Miller fatally shot the suspect.
“The officers went and confronted him,” Sgt. and police spokesman Paul Rodriguez said, according to the Star-Telegram’s Deanna Boyd. “There was an altercation. An officer discharged his weapon and struck the suspect.”
According to Rodriguez, Taylor was not armed.
“We’re having two independent investigations—a criminal and administrative,” Rodriguez said, per Boyd. “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.”
Prior to playing for Angelo State, Taylor was a standout at Mansfield Summit High School in Arlington. Ryan Osborne of the Star-Telegram provided comments from the school’s head coach, Travis Pride, who spoke about his former player:
Serena Williams weighed in on Taylor’s death:
Miller—who graduated from the police academy in March—has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol after altercations involving the use of deadly force occur, per Boyd.