Posted by ESC on December 07, 2002
Dec. 7, 2002
A man fatally shot by a Louisville police detective Thursday night in Smoketown was handcuffed, with his arms behind his back, when the shooting occurred, Louisville Police Chief Greg Smith acknowledged yesterday.
But Smith said Detective Mike O'Neil and his partner told investigators that James Edward Taylor, 50, had taken a knife into his hands, worked his hands around to his hip, and was able to make ''slicing motions'' as he lunged at and threatened the officers.
(James Edward) Taylor's mother, Rosetta Taylor, said in an interview yesterday: "They didn't have to kill him. They have Mace. I think this was as wrong as two left shoes."