Chief of Police Wesley Taylor

Chief of Police Wesley Taylor

Mineola Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, July 14, 1950

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Wesley Taylor

Chief Wesley Taylor was shot and killed by a county constable following a dispute over jurisdiction.

Chief Taylor had responded to an automobile accident at the intersection of Pacific and Broad Streets involving a local resident and an out-of-state motorist. The individuals involved in the accident had exchanged information and were preparing to leave when the constable arrived and demanded that the out-of-state motorist be arrested.

After a brief scuffle between the two law officers, the two decided to go to the Justice of the Peace. When they arrived at the court they found the doors to be locked. As they walked away, the constable suddenly pulled out his gun and shot Chief Taylor in the side. Chief Taylor was able to return fire and killed the constable. Chief Taylor succumbed to his wounds two days later.

Chief Taylor had been in law enforcement for 25 years and is survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, July 12, 1950
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 14, 2020

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