Man Who Tried To Run Over Police Officer Charged

Joseph Taylor

Joseph Taylor

(Memphis) A man who tried to run over a police officer Wednesday afternoon has been charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and vandalism over $500.

Joseph Taylor had an outstanding federal warrant for being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

Wednesday, officers learned the 29-year-old was at the R & S Food Market at 565 East Holmes Road.

When they arrived, Taylor was with three other men in a black Volkswagon.

When Taylor saw police approaching the vehicle, he put it in reverse and hit their parked police cruiser.

Taylor then shifted to drive, hit a metal pole, reversed, almost hit an officer, and then hit the cruiser again.

When Taylor drove toward another officer, the officer shot at him.

No one was hit, but Taylor then crashed into another metal pole.

He and the three others inside the car were taken into custody, although Taylor was transported to Regional One Hospital in non-critical condition.

The officer who shot at the vehicle was hurt and taken to St. Francis Hospital in non-critical condition.

He has been released, and is currently relieved of duty with pay while the shooting is investigated.

MPD says his name and those of the other officers involved won’t be released until they’ve been debriefed.

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