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Suspects in cop shooting were wanted in Pennsylvania

Posted November 19, 2010

— A man suspected of shooting a Roanoke Rapids police officer had been wanted by police in Pennsylvania for violating his parole, authorities there said Friday.

Chris Pawlowski, supervisor of the Delaware County, Pa. Probation Office, said Michael Eugene Edgerton, 38, had been out of jail on parole after serving nine months in prison for credit card fraud.

In August, he and his fiancée, Renee Michelle Phillips, both of Southampton, Pa., were charged in a motor vehicle theft.

Delaware County parole officials issued an arrest warrant on Aug. 18, charging Edgerton with violating his parole, Pawlowski said.

At the time, he was already in jail on the theft charge in Bucks County, Pa., He was released two days on Aug. 20

Pawlowski said he didn't know how Bucks County authorities made the decision to release Edgerton. A call to the Bucks County jail was not returned Friday.

Roanoke Rapids police say Edgerton shot John Taylor, a Roanoke Rapids police officer, three times during a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon along Interstate 95.

Taylor was in critical but stable condition Friday at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, police said.

Investigators have not given a motive for the shooting but said the 1997 Geo Prism he and Phillips were in had been reported stolen in Pennsylvania.

Edgerton and Phillips abandoned the car and fled the scene. They were found in some nearby woods Thursday. Edgerton was from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Phillips, 43, was arrested and charged with accessory after the fact of attempted murder, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Phillips was in the Halifax County jail Friday afternoon under an $800,000 bond.

During Phillips’ first court appearance Friday afternoon, prosecutors said she had been arrested previously for stealing her mother’s car. That car, however, was not the one police recovered Wednesday.


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  • pdolan6 Nov 22, 2010

    WRAL: instead of saying "COP" why not use more appropriate like "LEO" (law emforcement officer). What the heck is a COP?

    scare crow

    I agree with ya scare crow, but it's an acronym for "constable on patrol" cops or coppers came about because some of the first uniforms thses "constables" wore had copper buttons on them and that's how it was born.

  • Mugu Nov 19, 2010

    CTH1, if everyone followed proper procedure and played it safe, nobody would ever get hurt.

    Blanton made several errors, 1 he plugged in the wrong license plate number which caused the stop to happen, if he would have not made that typo, he could have gotten a proper ID on the Subject and either not pull him over or know that the Subject was dangerous and to call for backup.

    Read a book.

  • pickles Nov 19, 2010

    Around the year 1700, the slang verb cop entered English usage, meaning "to get ahold of, catch, capture." By 1844, cop showed up in print, and soon thereafter the -er suffix was added, and a policeman became a copper, one who cops or catches and arrests criminals. Copper first appeared in print in 1846, the use of cop as a short form copper occured in 1859.

  • bombayrunner Nov 19, 2010

    geeeze ... some pair these two are -- little hard to look at. You officers be careful out there. Folks are more desperate today than ever.

  • clickhere Nov 19, 2010

    ""COP" is an acronym for "Constable on Patrol" which dates back to British times. I guess there's a lot of British folks on here.
    Blue steel"

    I've heard it as "Citizen on Patrol" acknowledging that our police are citizens also, but either sounds ok. I never had a problem with COP meaning something positive, and many patrolmen and troopers I've seen writing comments here seem to use COP as a way to refer to themselves. It should be an accepted term, with no negative intention.

  • LovemyPirates Nov 19, 2010

    The first "COPS" or LEO weren't the most reputable individuals and thus the derogatory connections.
    There are always a few bad apples in every group including police departments, Officer Taylor isn't one of them. Use of the blog connect to this story to make negative comments about LEO's is insulting and awful.
    Am I angry - yes I am. I know this officer and his family. I would be horrified if they were to see these comments while they are still experiencing the fear of his being shot. SHAME ON YOU!

  • workingforthosethatwont Nov 19, 2010

    WRAL, how about Suspects in Police shooting were wanted in PA. Show some respect please.

  • aedwards Nov 19, 2010

    SkywatchNC... the court appearance was delayed so that Taylor's family could attend (per WITN).

  • leo149 Nov 19, 2010

    COP is a reference to the badges given to the first LEO's...which was made of COPPER. In the early 1800's the word COP was a derogatory term reflecting the badge...so it may still be considered as much. Constable On Patrol...nah.

  • Pseudonym Nov 19, 2010

    Scare Crow,

    What the heck is a COP?!? Seriously?!? Where have you been the past 100 or so years?

    LEO is relatively new term being coined by the PC Police (no pun intended) who think the term cop is a put-down. Leo is a good name for a big cat.