Sergeant Nathaniel H. Taylor

Sergeant Nathaniel H. Taylor

Essex County Sheriff's Office, New Jersey

End of Watch Tuesday, November 26, 1985

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Nathaniel H. Taylor

Sergeant Nathaniel Taylor was shot and killed when he attempted to arrest two suspect who were robbing a bar. Detective Robert Walls was also shot and wounded in the incident and later died from his wounds.

Sergeant Taylor and Detective Walls were off-duty and patronizing a bar on Seventh Street in Newark, New Jersey. Two masked men entered the bar and announced a robbery. When Sergeant Taylor attempted to intervene, he was shot and killed by one of the suspects. Detective Walls drew his weapon, but was also shot and seriously wounded by one of the suspects. He died 24 days later from his wounds.

Three suspects, including the getaway car driver, were later apprehended and charged with murder. All three were convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to two consecutive 30 year terms.

Sergeant Taylor had served with the Essex County Sheriff's Department for 26 years and is survived by his wife.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 26 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 60 years

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 27th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Laslater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.Rest In Peace

I pray for solace for all those that love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 13, 2012

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