Constable John L. Taylor

Constable John L. Taylor

Wake Forest Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, May 30, 1944

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John L. Taylor

Constable John Taylor was shot and killed during a foot pursuit of a rape suspect.

He and another constable had responded to a rape call, and when they arrived on the scene, the suspect fled in a vehicle. The man crashed the vehicle and then fled on foot. As Constable Taylor approached the man near Forbes Road and South Main Street, he was shot in the face and killed.

When the suspect was eventually apprehended in Virginia, it was discovered that he had escaped a Virginia State Prison. He was convicted of first-degree murder and executed in the gas chamber on November 3rd, 1944.

He was survived by his wife, daughter, parents, two brothers, and four sisters.


  • Age 58
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Executed in 1944

convicted felon, escapee, foot pursuit, sex offense

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Great Uncle Johnny, I heard this story all my life from my mother Helen Taylor Sanders Brown and my Aunt Elsie Mae Rideout. My granddad Plunk Taylor loved you so much and it hurt him dearly to lose you. My son, Chandler Jay Blackwell will be started the NC Highway Troopers on 8/11/2023 and I prayed you are his guardian angel. We may have never met, but I love you. It is an honor to remember you.

Great Niece

July 12, 2023

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