Sergeant James Henry "Rip" Taylor, Jr.

Sergeant James Henry "Rip" Taylor, Jr.

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, September 22, 1995

Add to My Heroes

James Henry "Rip" Taylor, Jr.

Sergeant James Taylor was shot and killed when he and his daughter interrupted a gang spraying graffiti at the intersection of Vassar Street and Grotto Street. Sergeant Taylor was off duty and was shot with his own weapon.

The murder suspect later turned himself in. He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to five to ten years in prison. On December 6, 2018, while out after serving his sentence the offender was re-arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver controlled substances and gun charges.

Sergeant Taylor had served with the agency for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Bio

  • Age 42
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to five to ten years

gang member, off duty

Most Recent Reflection

View all 29 Reflections

Rip was one of my best friends and I still miss him today. He was one of the greatest persons I've ever known. I hope to see you again some day buddy!!

John Ruscella, no rank
Na

March 27, 2018

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.