An internal investigation has found that a six-year veteran of the Mobile Police Department was justified in the shooting of a suspect, during an incident on Wednesday, Feb. 19.
The results of the investigation found the 23-year-old suspect Shawn E. Taylor was attempting to gain access to his weapon to use against MPD Officer Kevin Kelly, before Kelly fired and hit Taylor in the lower back.
“Taylor was attempting to access the weapon under circumstances that the officer reasonably believe Taylor intended to use the weapon, a loaded semi-automatic pistol, against him,” MPD spokesperson Ashley Rains wrote in a press release.
At approximately 1:35 p.m. officers were in the area of Live Oak and Persimmon streets for a report of drug activity. Officers tried to detain two subjects who matched witness descriptions as those possibly involved when a struggle ensued.
Taylor produced a weapon during the struggle and multiple shots were fired, including one that hit Taylor. He was transported to the hospital for a non life-threatening injury. Kelly wasn’t injured.
Taylor was arrested for no pistol permit, attempting to elude, resisting arrest, menacing and certain person forbidden.