The Star-Telegram reports that Arlington police officers were responding to a burglary call at a Buick dealership after a security guard saw a man use his car to ram through the dealership's showroom window.
“The officers went and confronted him. There was an altercation. An officer discharged his weapon and struck the suspect,” a police spokesman told the newspaper.
The man, who police said was unarmed, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was later identified as Christian Taylor, a student and football player at Angelo State University.
Member's of Taylor's family aren't buying the burglary accusations. From the Star-Telegram:
Clyde Fuller, Taylor's great uncle, described his great nephew as a good man and talented football player who was about to return to college. He said he has many unanswered questions and doesn't believe Taylor was burglarizing the dealership as police suspected.
"He was a good kid. I don't see him stealing no car or nothing like that," Fuller said.
"I think something is going on that somebody is lying about," Fuller said. "...They say he's burglarizing the place by running up in there? Nuh-uh. Something doesn't sound right."
The shooting is currently under a criminal and an administrative investigation, police said. The officer involved in the shooting, Brad Miller, 49, reportedly graduated from the police academy in March.