Questions abound in police shooting death of black Texas teen

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Texas police on Sunday were trying to figure out what prompted a black teenager to smash his car into an auto dealership, and why a white police officer still in training fatally shot the unarmed 19-year-old four times.

Christian Taylor became the latest unarmed black man to die at the hands of a white police officer after officials said he was seen on security surveillance tape vandalizing cars at an auto dealership in Arlington.

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Taylor was shot four times by Arlington police officer Brad Miller, 49, who was still undergoing training with the department, Arlington police chief Will Johnson said on Saturday. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office found Taylor had gunshot wounds to the neck, chest and abdomen.

But Johnson did not explain what led to what he described as a confrontation inside dealership building that led Miller to open fire on Taylor, while a second police officer used a Taser. The officers were not wearing body cameras.

Taylor's brother Joshua, 23, said the family wanted details of what happened, calling the information from the police "blurry."

"Until we get concrete facts, we won't know what happened," Joshua Taylor told Reuters in a phone interview.

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This photo provided by Angelo State University shows Christian Taylor. A police officer in suburban Dallas shot and killed Taylor, a Angelo State University football player during a struggle after the unarmed 19-year-old crashed a car through the front window of a car dealership, authorities said Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. Officers were responding to a burglary call in Arlington when they discovered someone had driven a vehicle through a front window of the Classic Buick GMC, according to a statement from the Arlington Police Department. The statement said police approached the suspect and a struggle ensued. At some point during the struggle, an officer shot Taylor. (Angelo State University via AP)
Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson gives more details in the shooting of Christian Taylor at a news conference on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
This photo provided by the Arlington Police Department shows police officer Brad Miller. Police has identified Taylor as the officer in suburban Dallas, who shot and killed Christian Taylor, a Angelo State University football player during a struggle after the unarmed 19-year-old crashed a car through the front window of a car dealership, authorities said Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. (Arlington Police Department via AP)
Christian Taylor's father, Adrian, encourages mourners to remember his son during a vigil at Koinonia Christian Church on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. The FBI has been asked to help investigate the death of Taylor, a 19-year-old unarmed black man who was fatally shot by Arlington police officer Brad Miller during a burglary call at a car dealership, the Arlington police chief chief said Saturday. (Brandon Wade/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest outside the Arlington Police Station over the fatal shooting of burglary suspect Christian Taylor by rookie Arlington police officer Brad Miller on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. (Brandon Wade/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
John Fullinwider protests outside the Arlington Police Station to end police brutality on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. Demonstrators gathered at the police headquarters after the fatal shooting of burglary suspect Christian Taylor early Friday morning by rookie Arlington police officer Brad Miller. (Brandon Wade/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
John Fullinwider leads protesters outside the Arlington Police Station to end police brutality on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. Demonstrators gathered at the police headquarters after the fatal shooting of burglary suspect Christian Taylor early Friday morning by rookie Arlington police officer Brad Miller. (Brandon Wade/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
Friends and family gather at a candlelight vigil for Christian Taylor at Koinonia Christian Church in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. The FBI has been asked to help investigate the death of Taylor, a 19-year-old unarmed black man who was fatally shot by Arlington police officer Brad Miller during a burglary call at a car dealership, the Arlington police chief said Saturday. (Brandon Wade/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
Friends and family gather at a candlelight vigil for Christian Taylor at Koinonia Christian Church in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. The FBI has been asked to help investigate the death of Taylor, a 19-year-old unarmed black man who was fatally shot by Arlington police officer Brad Miller during a burglary call at a car dealership, the Arlington police chief said Saturday. (Brandon Wade/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
Friends and family gather at a candlelight vigil for Christian Taylor at Koinonia Christian Church in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. The FBI has been asked to help investigate the death of Taylor, a 19-year-old unarmed black man who was fatally shot by Arlington police officer Brad Miller during a burglary call at a car dealership, the Arlington police chief said Saturday. (Brandon Wade/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
Holding a sign listing the names of those killed by Dallas police, Pastor Kennedy Jones, of Greater Community Missionary Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, demonstrates with 'Mothers Against Police Brutality' outside the Arlington Police Station on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. The group gathered at Arlington Police Headquarters to protest the fatal shooting of burglary suspect Christian Taylor by rookie Arlington police officer Brad Miller. (Brandon Wade/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
Friends and family gather at a candlelight vigil for Christian Taylor at Koinonia Christian Church in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. The FBI has been asked to help investigate the death of Taylor, a 19-year-old unarmed black man who was fatally shot by Arlington police officer Brad Miller during a burglary call at a car dealership, the Arlington police chief said Saturday. (Brandon Wade/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
Christian Taylor's brothers Josh, left, and Adrian, right, encourage mourners to remember their brother during a vigil at Koinonia Christian Church on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. The FBI has been asked to help investigate the death of Taylor, a 19-year-old unarmed black man who was fatally shot by Arlington police officer Brad Miller during a burglary call at a car dealership, the Arlington police chief said Saturday. (Brandon Wade/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
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"He was a really good guy. He was family-oriented. He was an A student and had he everything going for him," Taylor said, adding that his brother had "recently given his life to God."

"He was happy, everything was great. He was trying to touch people's lives," Joshua Taylor said.

His father Adrian Taylor said he had no idea what led Christian, a college football player at Angelo State University, to smash a car though the window of the dealership on Friday.

"You know, it could have been too much drinking. He could have been wrong place at the wrong time," Adrian Taylor told the CBS Dallas TV affiliate, CBS 11.

Taylor's death came just ahead of the one-year anniversary of the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown at the hands of a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri, that ignited protests across U.S. cities.

On a Twitter account appearing to belong to Christian Taylor, the teenager commented about police violence. "Police taking black lives as easy as flippin a coin, with no consequences smh," says one message posted in December, using the acronym for shaking my head.

Less than two weeks ago, he posted; "I don't wanna die too younggggg."

Miller was placed on leave after the shooting and Johnson said he had asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help investigate Taylor's death. The FBI is expected to respond to the request on Monday, an Arlington police spokeswoman said.

The two police officers were responding to a call from a security company on Friday about a burglary at the dealership in Arlington.

Police said Taylor drove his own car or a car belonging to his family into the dealership.

Edited portions of security surveillance video released to the media shows Taylor jumping on top of cars parked outside dealership and attempting to stomp out a front windshield. It does not show the shooting or the moments leading up to it.

Johnson said when the officers arrived they found Taylor had driven a vehicle into the front of the building. He ran to another part of the building, where he tried to escape through a locked door.

Taylor had a prior arrest involving the unauthorized possession of prescription painkillers, police said. He was sentenced to six months deferred-adjudication probation in December.

Joshua Taylor described the incident as "normal teenage stuff" and said Christian had "turned his life around."

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