Former Arlington officer won't be charged in Christian Taylor shooting

News 8's Marie Saavedra has more.

A Tarrant County grand jury has no-billed former Arlington PD officer Brad Miller in the fatal shooting of Christian Taylor.

Miller, who was fired in the wake of the August 2015 shooting, won't be charged.

“Today, the Tarrant County Grand Jury voted to take no action against former Arlington police officer Brad Miller from the August 2015 incident which resulted in the death of Christian Taylor,” read a statement from Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson.

“We respect the Grand Jurors’ decision and appreciate the time they have committed to serve the citizens of our County.”

Arlington Police told News 8 the department would not comment on Wednesday's decision.

On Aug. 7, 2015, police were called to an Arlington car dealership about a burglary in progress. Security footage from outside the dealership lot before the shooting showed Taylor breaking the windshield of a car on the lot before driving his own vehicle into a glass showroom.

Miller responded to the call and Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson said Miller used poor judgment and made a tactical error by entering the car dealership alone before police could establish a perimeter around the building and determine if there were any other suspects.

Taylor was shot four times inside the dealership. Police said there's no video of what transpired within the dealership, to their knowledge.

Taylor, a graduate of Mansfield Summit High School in Arlington, played football for Angelo State University.

Taylor was not armed, but an autopsy revealed he had marijuana and a powerful hallucinogen similar to LSD in his system when he died.

Miller, who shot the teen, was later fired for his actions in the minutes before Taylor was shot, which Chief Johnson said led to "cascading consequences" that resulted in the fatal gunfire.

Following Wednesday's decision, Miller's attorney released this statement:

We would like to thank the members of the grand jury for their service and for their diligence in taking the necessary time to thoroughly consider all the facts before making a decision.  Too often, police officers' decisions are judged without proper consideration of the tense and dangerous situations they face.  Brad Miller, like many other police officers, was forced to make a split-second decision to protect his life and the lives of his fellow officers. The grand jury made the right decision. 

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