A 49-year-old Texas officer with just 11 months on the job shot and killed unarmed college student Christian Taylor, 19, who police claim broke into a car dealership early Friday morning, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Arlington Police Officer Brad Miller, 49, started in the department in September, the report says. Until now his performance had been fairly unremarkable, the report says, noting that he had “no commendation or discipline record at the department.”
Miller, who had no previous police experience, graduated from the police academy in March, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The shooting occurred about 1 a.m. Friday, when police were notified of a burglary in progress at a GMC Classic Buick dealership in Arlington. Employees reportedly witnessed a man using his car to crash through the dealership’s showroom window.
After arriving on the scene, officers confronted the man, an altercation ensued and Miller reportedly shot Taylor, who was set to start his sophomore year at Angelo State University.
Miller has been placed on administrative leave while police conduct criminal and administrative investigations.
Read more at the Dallas Morning News.