The Arlington Police officer, who shot and killed 19-year-old college student Christian Taylor at a car dealership, has been fired from the department.
According to NBC News, the police chief announced that Officer Brad Miller was fired for “exercising poor judgment” during a press conference earlier today.
It was reported that Miller told law enforcements that he feared for his safety, but police have confirmed that he did not make physical contact with Taylor. Police Chief Will Johnson told the press:
“This fear and feeling of isolation was the result of his poor decision to enter the building without assistance and without an arrest plan.”
Police sources reported that Christian Taylor allegedly kicked in the windshield of a Ford Mustang and then crashed his Jeep into a showroom door. Officer Miller reportedly entered the dealership on his own, without informing the other officers at the time, leading to their confrontation. Chief Johnson continued:
“This is an extraordinarily difficult case,” Johnson said. “Decisions were made that have catastrophic outcomes.”
SOURCE: NBC News | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty