Detective Joseph D. Taylor

Detective Joseph D. Taylor

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Monday, August 29, 1977

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Joseph D. Taylor

Detective Joseph Taylor was shot and killed after he and another officer responded to a call of a man with a firearm inside an apartment at 14 Linden Street in Brooklyn.

When Detective Taylor and the other officer arrived, they entered the building with guns drawn and positioned themselves at opposite sides of the apartment door. The officers knocked on the door and announced themselves as police officers. The door suddenly opened and two blasts from a 12-gauge shotgun were fired by the suspect. One blast struck Detective Taylor in the chest, killing him.

The other officer emptied his gun and Detective Taylor's gun into the apartment. When the officer entered the apartment he found one suspect dead, another wounded, and two suspects uninjured. It was later determined that the wounded suspect was the man who had fired the shot that killed Detective Taylor. The subject was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years to live.

Detective Taylor had served with the New York City Police Department for nine years and was assigned to the 83rd Precinct. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 1821

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Shot and arrested

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