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Constable John L. Taylor | Wake Forest Police Department, North Carolina Wake Forest Police Department, North Carolina


John L. Taylor

Wake Forest Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 30, 1944

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Pistol

Offender: Executed in 1944

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Constable Taylor was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of a rape suspect. Constable Taylor and another constable had responded to a rape call. When they arrived on the scene a vehicle pursuit began with the suspect. The suspect crashed the vehicle and fled on foot. As Constable Taylor approached the man near Forbes Road and South Main Street he was shot in the face and killed.

The suspect was eventually apprehended, convicted of first degree murder, and executed in the gas chamber on November 3, 1944.

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Constable Taylor, I never knew you personally, but, I want to thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice. You were a true hero. I will share your story because I believe as Officer Zambito....as long as someone speaks your name in remembrance, you are truly not forgotten.

Citizen USA
Stepdaughter of Police Officer who died on duty
June 28, 2016


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