Sheriff Tillman D. "Til" Taylor

Sheriff Tillman D. "Til" Taylor

Umatilla County Sheriff's Department, Oregon

End of Watch Sunday, July 25, 1920

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Tillman D. "Til" Taylor

Sheriff Tillman Taylor was shot and killed during a jail break from the Umatilla County Jail. Five suspects had obtained a gun that had been smuggled in to them and shot Sheriff Taylor with it during the escape. The five suspects were eventually apprehended. Two of them were sentenced to life, one was hung in December 1920 and the remaining two were hung in July 1922.

Sheriff Taylor had been with the agency for 18 years.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed

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We will honor Sheriff Taylor July 22nd 2015 with a memorial motorcycle escort from Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Salem to Til Taylor park in Pendleton Oregon. Ride begins in Salem at 8:30 AM. Stops at Latus Harley-Davidson in Gladstone at 9:30 AM, Shilo Inn The Dalles at 12:00 noon, and arrives at the Pendleton Convention Center at 2:00PM. All motorcycles are welcome. Patriot Guard Riders will hold a flag line at Til Taylor Park.

Volunteer Organizer, Eric Folkestad
Pendleton Bike Week

May 12, 2015

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