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Christian Taylor Shooting: Arlington Cop Fired for Killing Unarmed Suspect

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Officer Brad Miller. (Arlington Police Department/Reuters)

By    |   Wednesday, 12 Aug 2015 02:08 PM

Brad Miller, the Arlington police officer who shot and killed unarmed burglary suspect Christian Taylor on Friday, has been fired, the department announced Tuesday.

"This is an extraordinarily difficult case and decisions were made here that had a catastrophic outcome. I have found several decisions made on the scene troubling," Police Chief Will Johnson said at a press conference, the Arlington Star-Telegram reported.

"Based on a preponderance of evidence available to me and facts revealed by the investigative team, I have decided to terminate Officer Miller’s employment with the Arlington Police Department for exercising poor judgment."

Miller responded to a burglary call at a Classic Buick GMC just before 1:20 a.m. on Friday. Security footage showed Taylor allegedly breaking the windshield of a car in the lot before ramming the gate to open it and driving his own car through the showroom windows. Miller soon entered the dealership and shot Taylor.

Johnson expressed remorse for Taylor's family, and said Miller's likelihood of being referred to a grand jury to weigh possible criminal charges will be primarily determined by the results of an autopsy report. The district attorney will ultimately determine any grand jury referral.

As a rookie cop who was still in field training, Miller, 49, will not have the option of appealing his firing, according to The Dallas Morning News. He was hired last fall, and completed his police academy training in March. Taylor, 19, played football at Angelo State University in San Angelo.

Johnson explained that Miller used poor judgment and made a tactical error by entering a car dealership alone before other officers could establish a secure perimeter around the building and determine how many suspects were present.

"It is reasonable that officers were concerned that a weapon may be present," Johnson said during the press conference. "This further underscores the questionable nature of Officer Miller’s decision of entering the building alone and without an arrest plan."

Johnson asked the FBI to participate in its investigation and review of the incident.

On Monday, a bureau spokesperson said they are prepared to investigate if evidence of a federal civil rights violation came to light, and added that the FBI has "full confidence in the ability of the Arlington Police Department and Tarrant County district attorney’s office to conduct a thorough investigation of this matter."

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