Keynote Speaker

North Carolina APCO and NENA are pleased to welcome North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Special Agent John Taylor as the Keynote Speaker for the Opening Breakfast of the 2016 North Carolina Public-Safety Communications Conference on Monday, September 12, 2016.

'I've been shot' Roanoke Rapids officer remembers near-death day

Posted July 12, 2012 (

— “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.

“I need your license, please. Can you roll the window down?” Taylor asked the woman in the passenger seat.

“No, I was, I, I, I …” the woman stammered. Before she could finish, the man in the driver’s seat raised a gun and fired five quick shots at Taylor, hitting him in the neck, stomach and hand and once in his bullet-proof vest. Another bullet missed.

Recoiling in shock, Taylor ran away from the car, out of view of his dash-cam, but his cries for help could still be heard on the recording.

“Southbound, give me EMS, please! A green car is going towards the bridge. I’ve been shot in the neck!” he screamed, as the shooter sped away.

The driver, Michael Edgerton, and his fiancée, Renee Phillips, left Taylor for dead along the highway, ditched their car down the road and fled into the woods, prompting an intense overnight manhunt. Taylor later learned they were wanted criminals, on the run from Pennsylvania authorities in a stolen car.

Before police could capture Edgerton, 38, he turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. Officers arrested Phillips and charged her with accessory after the fact of attempted murder, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a stolen vehicle. She is now in a Pennsylvania jail.