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The brother of a college football player killed by police at a Texas car dealership questioned Monday whether deadly force was needed in the confrontation, which can't be seen on video because there were no surveillance cameras inside the showroom.
Joshua Taylor, 23, told The Associated Press that he's not angry with police but thinks "things could have been handled differently." He's also perplexed by security footage showing his brother breaking into a car in the dealership lot and crashing his own vehicle into the glass showroom before police arrived.
The lack of video footage from inside the dealership makes it difficult to have a clear picture of how the events leading up to the unarmed 19-year-old's death transpired, Joshua Taylor said.
"It's pretty much their story against somebody who's not here anymore," he said. "It's kind of hard to I guess justify or clarify but at the end of the day I know my brother. I know he wouldn't attack any officer or anybody in authority at all, or attack anybody for that matter."
In interviews with the AP, Taylor's parents declined to talk about the fatal confrontation because they are waiting on additional information from authorities.
Arlington police have said officers arriving to a burglary call early Friday morning found Christian Taylor roaming inside the showroom of the dealership. Police have said the officers told Taylor to surrender and lie down on the ground, but he refused. They saw him trying to escape the showroom and pursued him.
Police have said the incident ended with officer Brad Miller shooting his service weapon four times at Taylor, hitting him at least twice. Miller, who joined the force last year and was still completing his field training, has been placed on administrative leave.
Police say they are investigating Taylor's death both as a possible criminal case and to determine whether department rules were broken.
FBI Dallas spokeswoman Allison Mahan said Monday that the agency "has full confidence in the ability" of Arlington police and local prosecutors to investigate Taylor's death. Police had asked the agency to take part in the probe.
In a "Community Letter About Shooting of Christian Taylor" posted Monday on the city website, Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams promised transparency in the investigation of Taylor's shooting.
The freshman mayor acknowledged that "the racial dynamics of police incidents around the country have driven a wedge between community groups." He said he doesn't want that to happen in the Dallas suburb.
He also promised that "if it is found that the law or police procedures were not followed, people will be held accountable."