Fired over shooting: Christian Taylor Shooting
Published: August 12, 2015
Fired over shooting: Christian Taylor Shooting, Texas authorities say new audio sheds light on the moments before police shot and killed college football player Christian Taylor.
The Arlington Police Department released radio communication Monday, posting it to YouTube, in an effort to curb rumors that police shot Taylor, 19, one second after they first made contact with him.
In the YouTube post, police released audio that they say show two minutes elapsed from the time police first saw Taylor inside the Classic Buick GMC dealership building in Arlington and when he was shot. The unarmed Taylor was shot four times.
The Angelo State University football player allegedly drove his SUV through the dealership’s front windows. Police said he did not comply once officers arrived and told him to surrender.
“I just saw a guy in the building that has a hat on, a straw hat,” an officer can be heard saying in the audio at 1:17:22 a.m.
About two minutes later on the tape, which is roughly 15 minutes in its entirety, an officer can be heard saying “Whoa, we got shots fired,” with a graphic on the tape stating that “Officer advises shots fired at 1:19:33 am.”
Sgt. Paul Rodriguez of the Arlington Police Department told ABC News today the police audio shows a period of two minutes and 11 seconds during which officers observed the suspect and the suspect was shot.
The two officers are on paid administrative leave, Rodriguez told ABC News.
Taylor’s death was ruled a homicide.
Police said Friday that independent criminal and administrative investigations have begun, with the FBI called in to help.
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