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Wife: Police officer eager to return to patrol after shooting

Posted December 1, 2010

— Two weeks after he was shot during a traffic stop, Roanoke Rapids police officer John Taylor is recuperating at home and is eager to return to work, his wife said Wednesday.

Taylor was shot five times on Nov. 17 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.

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

"We see a long road ahead but, certainly, a light at the end of the tunnel," Kristen Taylor said during a Wednesday morning news conference about her husband's recovery.

"If it were up to my husband, he would have already returned to work," she said. "He is very focused on his recovery and wishes to return to the job he so dearly loves as soon as he can."

Hinton said there is no timetable for Taylor to return to work.

"After he had been through his surgery at the hospital, he looked really good to me," he said. "The last time I saw him here in Roanoke Rapids, he worried me a lot. I was really concerned about his health."

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.

Kristen Taylor recalled the day of the shooting.

"I received the call from my law enforcement family that every officer's wife fears," she said.

Three drivers stopped to help Taylor after the shooting, and Hinton said the police department plans to honor them. He didn't identify them Wednesday.

Hinton said the officer's first reaction in the hospital after the shooting was to ask if the gunman had been apprehended.

A benefit concert is scheduled for Dec. 11 in Roanoke Rapids to raise money to help pay for Taylor's medical bills and other expenses.

"Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers. I know they have made all the difference in the world," Kristen Taylor said.


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  • _Graysons_Mommy_ Dec 2, 2010

    Im with you Michaelclay...they should be taken care of! God bless his family!

  • michaelclay Dec 2, 2010

    He should not have any medical bills to pay. He was hurt in the line of duty or whil on the job. Workman's compinsation should pay all of his job related medical bills.

  • dwr1964 Dec 1, 2010

    My msg is that we all have bills, and my family bills are through no fault of my own. My daughter was born with a rare disorder that could cause her to die from any illness at any time. Her medicine is thousands a month. But no one cares to give her a benefit. She wasnt shot in the neck. Now with Obamacare, they are refusing all payments on her medicine. Lastly, Cops aren't protecting my family, I protect my family........

    I can feel for you lineofduty. Sometime it is not fair for one person to receive benefits when the next person cannot. It is very hard to define those who are or are not allowed to receive such benefits. If you read my posts', you will learn that I would rather see our AMERICAN dollars at work to help AMERICAN families, rather that see them sent to foreign nations. We cannot see what our dollars go for once they reach those nations. Here in America, we can track every dollar, and ensure it is going to a good cause.

  • ecu4me2 Dec 1, 2010

    Line of duty: May I sincerely suggest you start with a good church family and you will be blinded by what can happen in your family life. I'm praying for all of you and you situation.

  • ecu4me2 Dec 1, 2010

    Roanoke Rapids has many fine police officers if you are on the right side of the law. For a small town (city) we are blessed to have officers such as John Taylor and others. This traggic situation demonstates what the real fabric of a town is all about. We are a closer community today because of John's efforts. Get well soon JT

  • illegals--GO HOME Dec 1, 2010

    What a lot fail to understand is that most LEO's work side jobs to make ends meet for their family. When you are hurt and can't work, workmans' comp pays you nothing for the loss of income on those other jobs. I used to earn almost as much working side jobs as I did at my regular job and I was devastated for the 2 years I spent rehabbing! I went through all the savings I had built up for 15 years...not that it was a huge amount, but I effectively lost half my income.

    If you can't spare but a dollar folks, please donate. It will come back to you tenfold and I truly believe that. Pay it forward if you can. My situation is grim this holiday season, but I still sent something. The people near and dear to me understand why too.

    Quit your griping if you don't like cops, as no one asked you to read this or to comment.

    This officer has served his community and state well. Be glad there are those out there willing to do the job!! What would it be like if there wasn't???

  • jenzinnia Dec 1, 2010

    lineofduty, I so get what you are saying and I think it's sad that no one in your community will or are able to help your daughter who has just as much right as anyone to receive any and all kinds of medical treatment she can get.

    You have reminded me not to forget situations such as hers and the burden it puts on the rest of the family. I can feel in your words that you have a wonderful family and that you are truly the one that holds them together. May God continue to Bless you and yours.

  • RB-1 Dec 1, 2010

    SanfordWallace - "The psychological effects of this may prove to be a liability to the City of Roanoake Rapids if they put him back on the street."

    There are the exact same odds that the psychological effects of this may prove to be AN ASSET to the City of Roanoake Rapids if they put him back on the street.

    One can never tell, but one should never let themselves be held captive by fear.

  • jenzinnia Dec 1, 2010

    dwr1964 I totally agree... once he's approved to go back to work, no one should question his judgement or capabilities. Case in point back in May of '09 Officer Justin Garner was the lone officer on duty in Carthage when he answered a call to the nursing home to find out that there was an armed shooter in there killing people. In spite of having no backup, he still went in to help and was wounded but still successfully neutralized the shooter. He's back at work without showing any signs of poor performance or ptsd.

    Geese...no disrespect sanfordwallace, but if I could, I'm not sure if I'd give you a razzie or darwin award.

  • RB-1 Dec 1, 2010

    Brave man.

    Praying he never faces anything like this again.