A college football player who expected to earn a starting job this upcoming season was shot and killed by a rookie police officer during a struggle at a Dallas-area car dealership after midnight Friday.
Christian Taylor, a 19-year-old sophomore defensive back at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Tex., allegedly drove an SUV through the showroom glass doors at Classic Buick GMC in Arlington, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Arlington Police responded to a reported burglary in progress at 1 a.m. and found Taylor inside. The unarmed black teen was shot after a scuffle by 49-year-old Officer Brad Miller, who graduated from the academy in March and had been with the department since September 2014, according to Arlington Police.
Taylor, who died at the scene, was supposed to report to school on Sunday, his high school coach told the Morning News.
“He told me that he thought he’d have an opportunity to start,” Mansfield Summit High School Football Coach Travis Pride said. “He was ready to get back. He loved the coaches, loved the program. All signs were pointed to go, for him to go get things done.”