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..
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.