A Tragedy today when a Taylor Police Officer was gunned down in the line of duty. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cpl. Edwards’ family and the Taylor Police Dept. Read the story…
Clickondetroit.com reports, A police officer is dead and another man is hospitalized after a shooting in Taylor around 6 a.m. Police said the shooting happened at Coppertree Apartments, which is located on the 12,400 block of Pine Street. Officers said a woman called 911 to say a home invasion was in progress. When officers arrived at the apartment, they said they noticed a man attempting to jump through a window, Cmdr. Daniel Crowell said. Police said Cpl. Matthew Edwards, 31, confronted the suspect and the suspect shot him numerous times. Edwards partner returned fire and struck the suspect, Crowell said. Both Edwards and the suspect were taken to Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn where Edwards was pronounced dead. The suspect is a 36-year-old Westland man. His identity has not been released. He is undergoing surgery and is expected to survive.
“Officer Edwards made the ultimate sacrifice. Something we all take for granted as we put on our uniforms everyday. As law enforcement officers, we all expect to go home at night to our families. Please pray for Officer Edwards family in the coming days and weeks and please pray for the Taylor police department,” said Crowell. Police said Edwards has been with the department since 2005 and was named Officer of the Year in 2008. Edwards leaves behind a wife and two young children.
Residents said they heard the gunshots. “I heard nine or 10 gunshots. When I got up and looked out, I saw the police officer laying on the ground near the police car,” said Nicole Green. “It’s just a sad situation.”