by Max Brantley
The Little Rock police said today that Jerron Taylor, 29, was in stable condition at UAMS today with a gunshot wound from a police officer after he reportedly pulled a gun on officers during a foot chase Monday after a traffic stop. The police have also identified officers involved in the case. Taylor has not been charged with additional crimes as yet, but Lt. Terry Hastings said he had a felony record and was on probation from Faulkner County.
A detailed police account of the chase follows:
On July 18, 2011, at approximately 1245 hours Officers Walker Johnston and Officer Kenneth McMahan responded to the area of 65th and Lancaster to look for a theft suspect. While in the area, Officers observed a suspicious red vehicle circulating the area. Officer ran the license plate on the vehicle and it showed to be fictitious. Officers performed a traffic stop on the vehicle at 6300 Butler at which time the passenger, Jerron Taylor B/M 8/4/1981, jumped out of the vehicle passenger side and began to flee on foot. Officer Johnston pulled and around the stopped vehicle in his patrol car in an attempt to cut off the suspect. Officer McMahan began chasing the suspect on foot. The suspect dropped his weapon while running and stopped to pick it up. Officers repeatedly ordered the suspect to drop the weapon. Officer Johnston pulled up beside the suspect and Mr. Taylor began to raise his handgun toward the officer. Officer Johnston then fired three rounds from his duty weapon striking Mr. Taylor in the left side toward the back and grazing his left thumb.
Mr. Taylor fell to the ground and was taken into custody. Mr. Taylor was transported to UAMS and was listed in stable condition. A loaded Ruger 9mm pistol was recovered at the scene. Mr. Taylor has a prior felony conviction and is currently on probation out of Faulkner County. The investigation is ongoing.
Officer Walker Johnson joined the Little Rock Police Department on March 27, 2006. He is assigned to the Southwest Patrol Mobile Squad.