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Arlington police chief fires officer who shot black man last week

Bradley miller

The officer “exercised poor judgment” by entering the car dealership alone in pursuit of a burglary suspect, Chief Will Johnson said Tuesday.

The white Arlington police officer who fatally shot a black 19-year-old college student inside a car dealership last week has been fired, police Chief Will Johnson announced Tuesday.

While outlining the events leading up to the fatal shooting of Christian Taylor, Johnson said rookie officer Brad Miller “exercised poor judgment” that led to “cascading consequences.”

Miller’s “unilateral decision to enter the building alone and to pursue [Christian Taylor] helpd create an unrecoverable outcome,” Johnson said, adding that the decision put other officers on the scene at risk.

Miller, 49, joined the Arlington police force in September. Although he completed the police academy and was a fully licensed officer, he was still finishing a 16-week field-training program required of new officers.

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