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(ARLINGTON, Texas) — The Arlington Police Department has launched an investigation, and has requested help from the FBI, into the actions of a white police officer who allegedly shot an unarmed black teen at a car dealership.

ABC affiliate WFAA-TV reports that the Tarrant County Medical Examiner has said that Christian Taylor’s death was caused by gunshot wounds to the neck, chest and abdomen.

Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson said police were contacted Friday at 1:05 a.m. by a company that manages security cameras at Classic Buick GMC in Arlington. Police said they were notified of an alleged burglary attempt.

Officer Brad Miller, 49, and another officer entered the dealership and approached Taylor, who was caught on private surveillance cameras jumping on cars.

Johnson told reporters that the officers spotted Taylor in the building and believed a felony burglary was in progress. Johnson said that following an altercation, Miller fired his weapon four times.

Miller has been in field training and working under the supervision of a training officer since his March graduation from the police academy, the Arlington Police Department said in a press release.

Taylor, who plays football for Angelo State University, was shot just two days before the one-year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri, an unarmed, black 18-year-old whose death triggered violent protests and ignited the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

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