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January 23, 2014

Corbin father shot

Son ‘person of interest’ in shooting, police say

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble

Staff Writer

Police are searching for a Corbin man after his father was shot Wednesday afternoon at a residence in the Gulf Trailer Park off Cumberland Falls Road.

The father, William Taylor, 56 of Corbin, was shot once in the side.

That’s after Corbin Police responded around 4:04 p.m. to a call of shots being fired at the trailer park.

William Taylor was taken by ambulance to Baptist Health Corbin, where he was in surgery as of Wednesday night.

His son, Eric Taylor, 25, of Corbin, has been charged with first-degree assault. He’s been listed by police as a person of interest in the shooting.

At press time, police reported Eric Taylor was still on the run.

He was known to be driving a white 1997 Jeep Wrangler with a black hardtop and an American flag tire cover over the spare tire in the back of the vehicle.

It was reported Eric Taylor left the scene in the Wrangler, and was possibly headed to Flat Lick in Knox County where he has family.

Police noted Eric Taylor was believed to be armed with a handgun.

Witnesses at the scene told police that William Taylor’s son was the shooter.

A neighbor said he didn’t see the shooting, but heard a shot.

“I saw nothing, because I was watching TV. I heard gunfire, one shot. Then it was silent for three minutes,” said Matthew Crawford. “Then I heard what was a woman screaming and men talking. I jumped out of my chair, walked outside and I saw people around my bottom porch.

“I saw the person who was shot,” Crawford added. “He was spread out on the steps and sidewalk, with his head on one of the steps and the rest of his body was laid out on the sidewalk. There was a person, a woman standing next to him, holding his head. The ambulance came moments after that.”

If you have any information on Eric Taylor or a Jeep Wrangler matching the description of the one he was known to be driving, you can contact the Corbin Police Department at 606-528-1122.

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