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Roanoke Rapids officer shot in line of duty returns to work

Posted January 27, 2011
Updated February 14, 2011

— A Roanoke Rapids police officer who was shot during a traffic stop Nov. 17 has returned to work, a spokesman for the force said Thursday.

Officer John Taylor was shot five times after he stopped a stolen car on Interstate 95, Roanoke Rapids Police Chief Jeff Hinton said. One of the shots hit the officer's bulletproof vest, he said, and Taylor had wounds to neck, abdomen and wrist.

After undergoing several surgeries at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, Taylor was released from the hospital on Thanksgiving Day and recuperated at home through the holidays.

Kristin Taylor, wife ot shot Roanoke Rapids police officer John Taylor Wife: Police officer eager to return to patrol after shooting

"He is very focused on his recovery and wishes to return to the job he so dearly loves as soon as he can," Taylor's wife, Kristen Taylor, said on Dec. 1.

Taylor was assigned to light duty and is doing mostly desk work, police said.

Investigators say Michael Eugene Edgerton, 38, shot Taylor. Edgerton was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Nov. 18 after an intense manhunt.

Renee Michelle Phillips, 43, of Southampton, Pa., was arrested a short time later. She has been charged with accessory after the fact of attempted murder, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a stolen vehicle.

Pennsylvania authorities also have issued a fugitive warrant for Phillips. She and Edgerton were wanted in Pennsylvania on vehicle theft and parole violation charges when Taylor stopped their car. 


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  • Faceman Jan 27, 2011


  • Skywatch_NC Jan 27, 2011

    Wonderful to hear that Officer Taylor has returned to work! :)

  • meBNme Jan 27, 2011


    Re read my post. I was quoting "mugu" and then my reply followed.

    Obviosly you are not familiar with me here on WRAL/GOLO.
    If you were you'd know I strongly support military and law enforcement, and understand/have knowlege of many of the things each have to deal with. They aren't perfect, but deserve our support for what they do/who they are.

  • meBNme Jan 27, 2011


    Thank you. Reading comprehension aparently isnt the strong point of some here.....

    I wont name any names like "boneymaroney13" or "fallsfd416" or anything....

  • imdicktrickle Jan 27, 2011

    Where's mugu? Was his comment deleted by the secret police?

  • imdicktrickle Jan 27, 2011

    Great news. Did his wife used to work in a pharmacy?

  • boneymaroney13 Jan 27, 2011

    meBNme are you some kind of nut or do you just hate cops? John worked for me in another agency and I fully support his returning to work. The words I have for you can't be posted here. What a looser you must be!!!!

  • norainonmyparade Jan 27, 2011

    "MwBNme, Have you ever had an tragic incident in your life.... If not then you are suggesting, when you do, we lock you away from the public....... REALLY????????????????

    Think about this... How many soliders have been wounded in combat and returned to the field????" -fallsfd416

    fallsfd416: Please learn how to read. MeBNme QUOTED Mugu, and then went on to say: "Mugu has aparently gone PDSD (Post Dramatic Stupidity Disorder) on his fellow citizens. His counselor has stated that his case is incurable He should not be allowed to have contact with rational sane people.

    The lunatic ramblings incident earlier today comes to mind. People like this should not be on the street." - meBNme

  • GWALLY Jan 27, 2011

    Great news...congratulations and a big "thank You" for putting your life on the line to keep the public safe!!

  • LovemyPirates Jan 27, 2011

    Mugu - I know this man and his family. He has gotten and will continue to get the support and help he needs. I also know the woman from who had the gun pulled on her. She is the most wonderful and innocent person who could ever be. She's the one who is having PTSD.