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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