OFFICER TAYLOR: "I Thought I Was Dying"

Nearly three months after being shot three times in the line of duty, a Roanoke Rapids police officer spoke publicly for the first time about his ordeal.

Officer John Taylor recently returned to work, but has yet to return to actual patrol duty. During a news conference this morning Taylor says he was choking on blood and thought he was going to die. "I was choking on the blood, losing a lot of blood through my neck and I thought I was dying," said Taylor. "And the very first thing that I thought about honestly was my wife and my son. Actually I felt a little bit bad on myself and thought I can't die on my son."

Taylor was struck in the neck, abdomen and wrist after a traffic stop on I-95.

The officer told reporters he still plans to go back to patrolling. "I really have stayed optimistic, and I feel like I've been given the gift that not many people have, and that's a second chance at life and I have a rejuvenated scene of that life."

Taylor thanks two citizens who stopped on the interstate and helped him until rescue crews arrived.

Police say the suspected gunman, Michael Edgerton, shot and killed himself after a brief standoff with lawmen, while passenger Renee Phillips was charged as an accessory and is awaiting trial..


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  • by Realistic Location: ENC on Feb 14, 2011 at 08:22 PM
    It's a speedtrap. All the officers that leave their small towns to catch speeders on I95 are at risk just because of the number of cars (not local). The officer (that thankfully survived) should sue for hazardous duty pay or for some kind of liability. Not all local towns near I95 use it as a source of income. The State Police are usually enforcing Interstate Highway Laws.
  • by greenville citizen on Feb 14, 2011 at 04:35 PM
    God Bless you John Taylor and all other law enforcement that put their lives on the line each day.
  • by maggie Location: lagrange on Feb 14, 2011 at 12:54 PM
    That you are willing to go back to the very Job that almost got you killed says alot about you!! Although you don't wear a cape and mask you sir are a super hero in my book, thanks for being out there getting the villians and providing our safety! God Bless you and your family.
  • by Leo Location: Craven County on Feb 14, 2011 at 11:01 AM
    Being a law enforcment officer myself you are an inspiration to all cops. People don't realize the dangers we have to deal with everyday we work. Get well soon!
  • by Kane on Feb 14, 2011 at 10:31 AM
    I wonder who were the people that stopped and helped him? They should be recognized. Get well soon Trooper Taylor.
  • by LEO Fiance on Feb 14, 2011 at 10:03 AM
    So glad that you are alive and well. Thank you for your dedication and service. You are a true hero, not only to the public but for your wife and son that kept you hanging on!! God Speed!
  • by john Location: greenville on Feb 14, 2011 at 09:27 AM
    Thanks for all you do, get well soon!!!
  • by Grateful.. Location: Greenville on Feb 14, 2011 at 09:16 AM
    God bless you mightily for your courage and dedication. your amazing and we're so glad your here!!
  • by Brenda Location: Pitt County on Feb 14, 2011 at 07:45 AM
    So glad that you are doing so well! Thank you to you and EVERY LEO out there! You are appreciated, thought about and prayed for!
  • by LEO Location: Williamston on Feb 14, 2011 at 07:45 AM
    Thank GOD that things are well with you.....good luck in all you do and GOD BLESS
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