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Public Information: Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation

As the officer-involved shooting death investigation of Christian Taylor continues, the Arlington Police Department remains dedicated to an expeditious, thorough and transparent process. On this page, the APD Media Office publishes all documents and materials related to the August 7, 2015 incident.

The most recent public document is listed first.

News Conference – Update to Criminal and Administrative Investigations

At a news conference today, Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson provided an update on the criminal and administrative investigations into the officer-involved shooting incident that occurred on Friday, August 7, 2015. During the news conference, the Chief Johnson announced the termination of Mr. Brad Miller.
Click here to watch the video from today’s news conference and hear the 9-1-1 audio recording. This link is also the location for all public information associated with this incident.

911 Audio Recording #1 released during press conference on August 11, 2015 at 5 p.m.

911 Audio Recording #2 released during press conference on August 11, 2015 at 5 p.m.

News Release – issued August 11, 2015 at 3:31 p.m.

News Conference #2 – Officer-involved shooting update

The Arlington Police Department will hold a second news conference this evening on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. The media event will be held at Arlington Police Headquarters located at 620 W. Division Street. Police Chief Will D. Johnson will address the media and public by providing additional details surrounding the officer-involved shooting that occurred on Friday, August 7, 2015.

News Release – issued August 10, 2015 at 3 p.m.

Police release radio communications in officer-involved shooting death of Christian Taylor

As detectives continue to investigate the officer-involved shooting that occurred on August 7, 2015, the Arlington Police Department is working to be as responsive as possible to questions from the community and address public concerns. As details of the investigation are confirmed, we will provide them to public and media as soon as possible.

Today, the department is releasing the audio of police radio communications with dispatchers that provide details in real-time with no segments of time removed. The Arlington Police Department was made aware that there was a YouTube video that was published that grossly misrepresents the facts and makes a false claim that Mr. Christian Taylor was shot by police in less than one second after officers made contact with him. The audio which they relied upon and published was not official audio provided by the department and had segments of time removed.

We understand that in this day of advanced technology and the proliferation of social media, erroneous information can quickly spread and may be viewed by some as accurate and official; however, we urge the media and the public to rely upon official information provided by the Arlington Police Department as it pertains to this investigation. Click here to view the police audio file on YouTube.

Video from News Conference on August 8, 2015 at 8 p.m.

News Release – issued August 8, 2015 at 6:40 p.m.

Officer-Involved Shooting – Update – News Conference

The Arlington Police Department will hold a news conference this evening on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at APD Headquarters, located at 620 W. Division Street. Police Chief Will D. Johnson will address the media on the timeline that led up to the fatal shooting of Mr. Christian Taylor.

News Release – issued August 7, 2015 at 1:20 p.m.

Suspect fatally shot during burglary at dealership after hours

Officer Brad Miller

Officer Brad Miller

The Arlington Police Department is investigating the officer-involved shooting of a suspect during a burglary in progress overnight. At about 1 a.m., Friday, August 7, 2015, Arlington police officers were dispatched to a burglary call at a business in the 1400 block of E. Interstate 20 frontage road.

Upon arrival at the car dealership, officers found that a vehicle had been driven through the front of the building. Officers established a perimeter and approached the suspect inside. As officers confronted the suspect, there was an altercation during which at least one officer discharged his weapon. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators have determined that the suspect had no weapon.

The identity of the suspect will be released by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner once next of kin has been notified.

Independent criminal and administrative investigations will be conducted. The criminal investigation focuses on the use of deadly force. The administrative investigation will review the incident to determine if the officer’s actions were in compliance with the department’s policies and procedures.

The department does not presently use body worn cameras, but is in the process of implementing a pilot program for body worn camera use. Surveillance video exists at the car dealership. The original 911 call was made from a security company that was observing the suspect on camera outside the business. We are looking at all available video from outside and inside the location to obtain as much information as possible. At this time, investigators have not located any video capturing the shooting.

The officer involved in the shooting was Brad Miller, a 49-year-old officer who has been with the department since September 2014. Officer Miller has been in field training and working under the supervision of a Police Training Officer since graduating from the Police Academy in March 2015. At this time he has no commendation or discipline history with the department. Prior to joining APD, Officer Miller had no previous police experience. He will be placed on administrative leave as is routine in deadly force incidents.

The preservation of life and safety is our highest priority. The Arlington Police Department is saddened by this loss of life and will provide the community a clear and transparent investigation.

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