A Tarrant County grand jury decided Wednesday that Brad Miller, the former Arlington police officer who shot 19-year-old Christian Taylor, a sophomore at Angelo State University, will not be indicted in the death.
According to multiple sources, Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson announced in a statement that the grand jury voted to take no action in indicting the officer and she respects their decision.
On Aug. 7, 2015, Miller responded at approximately 1 a.m. to a vehicle dealership on Interstate 20 on report of a sports-utility vehicle being driven through the front entrance of the building. Security footage captured the moments leading up to the shooting and showed Taylor breaking a car windshield before he drove his own vehicle into the showroom glass.
Miller ordered Taylor to get down, but Taylor did not comply and reportedly advanced towards the officer. Miller fired his weapon four times at Taylor as the two were out of camera range. No footage was captured inside the building.
Taylor was not armed but an autopsy revealed marijuana and a hallucinogen, similar to the LSD, were found in his system.
Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson said Miller was fired after the incident because of poor judgment and tactical error made by entering the dealership alone before police could establish a perimeter around the building; or determine if any other suspects were with the teenager.
Arlington police officials said they would not comment on the decision made by grand jury.