Wounded Officer Back On The Job

A Roanoke Rapids police officer is back on the job less than 2-1/2 months after he was shot.

Authorities say Officer John Taylor returned to work on light duty and it will be up to his doctor when he resumes patrolling. Taylor was wounded three times after a gunman fired five shots at him during a traffic stop in November on I-95. He was struck in the neck, abdomen and wrist. Another round was stopped by his bulletproof vest.

He returned to work a couple of weeks ago.

Taylor was released from Pitt County Memorial Hospital on Thanksgiving Day and has been recuperating at home.

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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  • by Jimmy Shelton Location: Plumouth on Jan 27, 2011 at 05:17 PM
    Praise God! Be safe brothers and sisters! Take care John.
  • by Giving thanks Location: Martin County on Jan 27, 2011 at 02:09 PM
    Thankful for the good news. Hope things continue to go well for Officer Taylor!
  • by Rusty Shackelford Location: Pitt County on Jan 27, 2011 at 01:10 PM
    Welcome back brother!
  • by grateful resident Location: enc on Jan 27, 2011 at 01:04 PM
    Wonderful news! Our love and prayers go out to you and your family. Thank you for your service. It is much appreciated.
  • by a spouse on Jan 27, 2011 at 12:57 PM
    Yay! one good thing in the news! Be safe out there!
  • by courtney Location: Greenville on Jan 27, 2011 at 12:29 PM
    Get well soon Trooper. Thank you for protecting and serving our community.
  • by Keith Location: Greenville on Jan 27, 2011 at 12:22 PM
    I'm glad to see that he is back on the job. I hope God will continue to bless him and look after his family.
  • by cj Location: enc on Jan 27, 2011 at 11:41 AM
    great to hear you're doing well, trooper. thanks for your service.
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