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.

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


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  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

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

foot pursuit, sex offense

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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 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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