Lieutenant William J. Taylor

Lieutenant William J. Taylor

Mansfield Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, February 26, 1949

William J. Taylor

Lieutenant Taylor was shot and mortally wounded by a gun-crazed war veteran. Lieutenant Taylor and two other officers responded to a report of a man shooting a gun in the air at 324 East 4th Street. When the officers arrived the man went into his bed room and refused to come out. When he finally agreed to come out he had a .22 cal. pistol in his hand. When Lieutenant Taylor grabbed the gun the suspect pulled away and shot the officer twice in the abdomen. One of the other officers returned fire killing the suspect. Lieutenant Taylor died from his wounds eight days later.

Lieutenant Taylor was a World War II veteran, having served as a boatswain's mate aboard an LSM in several Pacific invasions. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, February 18, 1949
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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You were my uncle I never knew as you passed I was two years old as well as leaving my cousin and her mother without a father and husband may you continue to rest in piece after all these years always in my thoughts

Jerry l kaler
Uncle inver got to know

May 11, 2017

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