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SAVE #997, Officer Andrew Taylor

On the evening of January 21, 2007, officers, including Officer Andrew Taylor, responded to a possible assault with a deadly weapon call at a residence. The officers assessed the situation upon arrival and decided to transport one of three detainees separately as he was more verbally abusive than the other two counterparts. Officer Taylor escorted the detainee outside of the apartment into the building’s hallway. As they headed for the stairwell, the suspect produced a .357 magnum handgun from a rear pocket and began firing at Officer Taylor.

The first round struck Officer Taylor’s sidearm, shattering the handle of the gun. A second round hit Officer Taylor’s lower chest, but was stopped by his bullet-resistant vest. A third round struck his badge and deflected up, while a fourth round struck him in the upper right portion of his chest, missing his vest and causing a straight-through wound. The four shots and struggle took only seconds. As his own weapon had been rendered useless, Taylor lunged at the suspect in an attempt to disarm him. Suffering from the pain of three shots to the chest, Officer Taylor continued to wrestle with the suspect until fellow officers were able to come to his aid. The officers shot and killed the suspect.

Officer Taylor was transported by ambulance to Cedars Sinai Medical Center where he was kept overnight for observation and released the next day. Officer Taylor returned to full duty two months after the incident.