Wife Says Wounded Officer Wants To Return To Work

The wife of a Roanoke Rapids police officer who was shot three times says he's looking forward to rejoining the department again.

Kristen Taylor read a brief statement to reporters Wednesday morning, two weeks after her husband was shot during an I-95 traffic stop. Officer John Taylor was released from Pitt County Memorial Hospital on Thanksgiving day and is now recovering back home.

Taylor's wife thanks three citizens who stopped and helped him on November 17th, along with police, EMS, and hospital staff.

Police Chief Jeff Hinton says in all five shots were fired at Taylor that day, with four actually hitting him. One of those was stopped by his protective vest, while the others wounded him in his neck, abdomen and wrist. Hinton says one of the first things Taylor asked him was "Did you get him?"

Police say the suspected gunman, Michael Edgerton, shot and killed himself after a brief standoff with lawmen. The other person in the car, Renee Phillips, was charged with accessory after the fact of attempted murder, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.


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A Roanoke Rapids police officer, wounded during a traffic stop nearly two weeks ago, is recuperating now at home.

Officer John Taylor was released from Pitt County Memorial Hospital on Thanksgiving day, that according to city manager Paul Sabiston.

Taylor was shot three times November 17th after stopping a car on I-95. Police say the suspected gunman, Michael Edgerton, shot and killed himself after a brief standoff with lawmen. The other person in the car, Renee Phillips, was charged with accessory after the fact of attempted murder, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Sabiston says while the officer is now recuperating at home, Taylor has a long way to go because his injuries are still healing. The city manager says the officer will probably have to go through physical therapy on his wrist.

There will be a news conference tomorrow with Taylor's family at the Roanoke Rapids Police Department at 10:00 a.m.


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Halifax County authorities say there are more charges now against a woman who was arrested in connection with last week's shooting of a Roanoke Rapids police officer.

Renee Phillips was served today with a fugitive warrant from Pennsylvania. Deputies say that warrant stems from the woman's probation violations in her home state along with Phillips skipping out on her court date there.

Officer John Taylor was shot three times last Wednesday after a traffic stop on Interstate 95.

Phillips was arrested late Thursday morning after lawmen sent tracking dogs into the woods across from Halifax Academy. She is charged with accessory after the fact of attempted murder, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. They say the other suspect, Michael Edgerton, shot and killed himself after a brief standoff.

Bond for the Pennsylvania woman was increased by another $50,000 to $850,000. She has a December 1st court date on those charges.


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A Roanoke Rapids police officer remains at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, but officials say he is making progress.

Officer John Taylor was shot three times last Wednesday after a traffic stop on Interstate 95. Roanoke Rapids City Manager Paul Sabiston says Taylor is doing well and is in a step-down unit in the ICU that he describes as a less-intense unit at the hospital. Sabiston says so far Taylor has gone through two surgeries, the abdominal surgery on the night he was shot and another on his wrist the next day.

A Pennsylvania woman remains in jail in connection with the shooting. Renee Phillips was arrested late Thursday morning after lawmen sent tracking dogs into the woods across from Halifax Academy. They say the other suspect, Michael Edgerton, shot and killed himself after a brief standoff.


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A Pennsylvania woman cried and sobbed as she faced a Halifax County judge, one day after her arrest in connection with the shooting of a police officer.

Renee Phillips went before a district judge this afternoon for her first appearance. She is charged with accessory after the fact of attempted murder, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

The judge set her bond at $800,000 and set her next court appearance for December 8th.

The hearing was moved to Friday afternoon so Officer John Taylor's family could attend.

Taylor was shot three times after stopping a car on I-95 Wednesday afternoon.

Phillips was arrested late Thursday morning after lawmen sent tracking dogs into the woods across from Halifax Academy. They say the other suspect, Michael Edgerton, shot and killed himself after a brief standoff.

Phillips' lawyer says the woman was only a passenger in her fiance's car. But District Attorney Melissa Pelfrey says Phillips assisted Edgerton with disposing of the car and had plenty of chances to break away and go to authorities.

Roanoke Rapids City Manager Paul Sabiston says Taylor is doing well and remains in intensive care at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

Sabiston says surgery on the officer's wrist Thursday went well and Taylor is expected to make a full recovery.


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A Pennsylvania woman has now been formally charged in connection with Wednesday's police officer shooting in Roanoke Rapids.

The State Bureau of Investigation has charged Renee Phillips with accessory after the fact of attempted murder, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

The 43-year-old woman was arrested Thursday morning, some 20 hours after Officer John Taylor was shot during a traffic stop on Interstate 95. Not long after deputies say the other suspect, Michael Edgerton, shot and killed himself after a brief standoff.

Court records reviewed by The Associated Press show Edgerton and Phillips were arrested just three months ago on charges that they stole a vehicle. They were released after a judge eliminated their bail requirement.

The pair later skipped an October 21 court hearing in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and were labeled fugitives.

Phillips is being held without bond and is scheduled to appear before a judge Friday.

Officer Taylor is in critical condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.


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Authorities say a man wanted for the shooting of a Roanoke Rapids police officer has been found dead, while the woman has been taken into custody.

That has happened late Thursday morning on 3 Bridges Road, south of Roanoke Rapids.

The woman has been identified as Renee Phillips while the dead man's name is Michael Edgerton. Edgerton was from Southampton, which is north of Philadelphia. Police say the two were in a stolen car from Pennsylvania.

Court records reviewed by The Associated Press show Edgerton and Phillips were arrested just three months ago on charges that they stole a vehicle. They were released after a judge eliminated their bail requirement.

The pair later skipped an October 21 court hearing in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and were labeled fugitives.

Sheriff Jeff Frazier tells WITN News that Edgerton was found with a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Authorities say no officer fired their weapon this morning during the operation. The sheriff says the two were found directly in front of Halifax Academy and came out of the woods when bloodhounds were sent in.

City Manager Paul Sabiston says the man shot himself around 11:30 a.m. Thursday after a brief standoff with police in the woods.

Police centered their search on the road outside of Roanoke Rapids after the suspected car in the shooting was found in a school parking lot.

About 10 minutes before the woman was apprehended several shots were heard in the area. Lawmen have closed off 3 Bridges Road.

Officer John Taylor was wearing a bulletproof vest when he was shot multiple times during a traffic stop on I-95. Officials say the vest saved him from fatal injuries. Taylor was shot in the neck, in the hand and in the upper torso. He is still in critical condition at PCMH but officials say the tentative prognosis is for the officer to make a full recovery.

Stay with WITN News and witn.com for more on this developing story.


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Authorities gave an update Thursday morning in the shooting of a Roanoke Rapids police officer after he pulled over a small car along I-95 Wednesday afternoon.

Officials talked about the man and woman believed to be involved in the shooting along I-95 and gave brief descriptions. Both are white. The man is described as 6 feet tall with a buzz cut. The woman is described as having dark, wavy hair and wearing a dark shirt.

The shooting was captured on the officer's in-car camera, but that footage is not being released at this time.

Authorities believe the two suspects are most likely still in the area, and more than a hundred law enforcement officers are looking for them.

Halifax Academy remains closed Thursday because of the search for the suspects. The suspects' vehicle was found in the school's parking lot after the shooting Wednesday.

When asked if they had any leads on the suspects, officials said they were getting constant call-ins about potential suspect sightings and were taking each one seriously, but that the suspects were still at large.

Officer John Taylor was wearing a bulletproof vest when he was shot multiple times. Officials say the vest saved him from fatal injuries. Taylor was shot in the neck, in the hand and in the upper torso. He is still in critical condition at PCMH but officials say the tentative prognosis is for the officer to make a full recovery.

As far as how the shooting happened, the officer approached the passenger side of the vehicle on I-95, which is a safety measure for stops along the busy interstate. Officials say he followed the appropriate safety steps, and he was shot within a few seconds of approaching the vehicle, which had Pennsylvania tags and was reported stolen.

Authorities say Taylor did not have time to draw his own weapon. They were able to talk with him before he was flown to the hospital immediately after the shooting, and he did give them information.

The shooting happened around 2:25 p.m. near milepost 172.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Gordon told WITN Wednesday a dark green Geo Prizm was found in the parking lot of Halifax Academy on 3 Bridges Road, that's south of Roanoke Rapids.

Roanoke Rapids Deputy Chief Adam Bondarek says the wounded officer has been with them for six years and is a young man with a family.

The deputy chief says the officer pulled over a small car with a man and woman inside. He says the officer exchanged a few words with the woman and then multiple shots were fired from inside the car, hitting the officer.

Bondarek says they are being assisted by every law enforcement agency with 100 miles, including fire, EMS, law enforcement and the D.O.T.

I-95 southbound was shutdown from exit 176 to 171 because of the shooting, but was reopened later Wednesday.

Roanoke Rapids police are warning residents who live on Highway 903 near Halifax Academy to call 911 if they see any suspicious activity. They believe those involved in the shooting could still be in that area.

The shooting happened a mile south of the U.S. 158 exit in Roanoke Rapids.


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