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Patrolman Eric Bradford Taylor | Massillon Police Department, Ohio Massillon Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman

Eric Bradford Taylor

Massillon Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Friday, August 9, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 91

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Eric Taylor was shot and killed following a vehicle and foot pursuit of a suspect that ended near Cherry Road and First Street Northwest.

The chase began when a state trooper made a traffic stop at Ohio 21 and Edwards Street in Doylestown. During the stop, the suspect opened fire on the trooper and fled. The suspect's vehicle became stuck in a field and Patrolman Taylor and the suspect exchanged gunfire while still in their vehicles. The suspect then fled on foot and continued to exchange gunfire with Patrolman Taylor and other officers as they pursued him. Both Patrolman Taylor and the suspect were fatally wounded.

Patrolman Taylor had been employed with the Massillon Police Department for four years, and is survived by his wife, 3-year-old son, and 1-year-old daughter.

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Your funeral was the first I attended after becoming an officer. I still remember the words your wife spoke about wishing she would still find your whiskers from shaving in the sink. Her personal stories hit me hard that day. I did not know you personally, but you are never forgotten.

Patrolman Amy Dansizen
Beachwood Police Department
May 22, 2016

 

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