ARLINGTON — Christian Taylor’s toxicology report is in. And as many assumed, he was high on drugs when an officer shot and killed him at an Arlington car dealership last month.
The medical examiner’s report released Wednesday said the 19-year-old had marijuana and synthetic psychedelic drugs in his system.
Surveillance cameras caught Christian Taylor vandalizing vehicles at the dealership then crashing his Jeep through the showroom on August 7.
When officers arrived, Taylor was inside. Rookie Officer Brad Miller entered the building alone. He reportedly told investigators he feared that he would be overpowered by Taylor, who was moving quickly toward him while cursing. Miller fired four times, killing the unarmed teen.
Miller was fired days later for what the police chief called “poor judgment.”
“This unilateral decision to enter the building and to continue the pursuit deeper into the building upon making contact with Mr. Taylor — along with failing to communicate with fellow officers or develop an arrest plan — created an environment of cascading consequences that produced an unrecoverable outcome,” Chief Will Johnson said last month.
He stressed that a separate criminal investigation is ongoing. Once that work is complete, all reports will be submitted to the Tarrant County district attorney for consideration and submission to the grand jury.
“The grand jury will decide if the use of force in this incident rises to the level of criminal prosecution,” Johnson said.
Taylor played defensive back at Angelo State University.