Officer Gets Shot in Neck, Survives

Roanoke Rapids, N.C. — “I’ve been shot! I’ve been shot! I’ve been shot!” It was 19 months ago that Roanoke Rapids police Officer John Taylor screamed those words into his radio, begging for help as he choked on his own blood along Interstate 95. Shot four times during what was supposed to be a routine traffic stop, Taylor says the gunfire that nearly killed him has taught him to be grateful for the gift of life. “There, on the side of the road, I thought I was going to die,” he said. His frantic thoughts drifted to his wife and young son. The dashboard camera video from Taylor’s patrol car captured the entire scene on Nov. 17, 2010, as he stopped a green 1997 Geo Prism for following another vehicle too closely. As he got to the passenger door, Taylor said he noticed the smell of alcohol and thought he might be dealing with a drunken driver. Read more at 4486/