Lieutenant William J. Taylor

Lieutenant William J. Taylor

Mansfield Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, February 26, 1949

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William J. Taylor

Lieutenant William Taylor was shot and mortally wounded during a domestic call at 321 East Fourth Street in Mansfield.

Lieutenant Taylor and two other officers responded to a report of a man shooting a gun in the air after threatening his family members. When the officers arrived, the man went into his bedroom and refused to come out. When he finally agreed to come out, he had a .22 cal. pistol in his hand. When Lieutenant Taylor grabbed the gun, the suspect pulled away and shot the officer twice in the abdomen. One of the other officers returned fire, killing the suspect.

Lieutenant Taylor died from his wounds eight days later.

Lieutenant Taylor was a United States Navy World War II veteran, having served as a boatswain's mate aboard an LSM in several Pacific invasions. He served with the Mansfield Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 6 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, February 18, 1949
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

domestic, EDP, weapons violation

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Lt. Taylor,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Navy as a Medium Landing Ship crewman in the Pacific fighting the Japanese during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

February 26, 2024

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