In Ballwin, Mo. It was revealed that the Officer was “ambushed” from behind as he had pulled over the vehicle for speeding.
Ballwin Police Chief Kevin Scott stated that he was unable to speculate what had prompted the shooter Antonio Taylor, a 31-year-old black man to “ambush” the 9 year veteran who was on a traffic stop from behind.
As the Officer was returning to his patrol vehicle to run the suspects information, the suspect ran up from behind the officer and shot him at least one time from behind. Taylor was paroled in 2015 after serving time on a federal weapons charge, was charged with assault of a police officer, armed criminal action and a felon in possession of a firearm according to St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch.
McCulloch said there’s no evidence of any dispute between Taylor and the officer before the gunfire.
Three shots were fired by Taylor at the officer from behind as Taylor rushed at the officer when he was returning to his patrol vehicle.
“Make no mistake: We believe during this investigation that Ballwin officer was ambushed, period, he had no chance at all.” ~ St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar
Taylor is being held on $500,000 cash bond and is expected to be arraigned on the felony charges Monday morning.
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Message from Ballwin Police Chief Kevin Scott