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Upper Southampton Couple Shoots NC Police Officer, One Dead, One in Custody

November 19, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Renee Phillips

Police in North Carolina now believe an Upper Southampton couple are responsible for the shooting of a Roanoke Rapids, NC police officer, one of the suspects killed himself and his female accomplice is in custody after a massive manhunt that involved local and federal authorities.

Michael Edgerton, 38, of Upper Southampton who is now dead, and Renee Phillips, 43, also of Upper Southampton now in custody are accused of shooting Roanoke Rapids police officer John Taylor after he pulled them over for tail gating another vehicle on I-95 near the North Carolina – Virginia boarder.

Police say that Officer Taylor pulled the green Geo Prism which was stolen Tuesday from Middletown, PA after he noticed the vehicle was driving close to the back of another vehicle.

Local police say the Prism had guns in it at the time it was stolen.

Upstate North Carolina police say that Taylor who followed all proper procedures approached the car when the suspects opened fire on the police officer and then sped away.

Taylor managed to radio for help and several passing motorist stopped to help the wounded officer.

North Carolina investigators go through the Geo Prism police say was stolen from Middletown and used in the shooting of a NC police officer. (WRAL-DT)

Man large manhunt ensued and police discovered the abandon Geo and soon after apprehended Philips, finding Edgerton dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in some nearby bushes.

Taylor was shot multiple times; hit in the neck, the upper torso, hand and was airlifted to a local hospital where he remains in ICU but is expected to make a full recovery.

Edgerton and Phillips were arrested by Bucks County Authorities in late summer after stealing a car from Upper Southampton both were held and released days later.

Days before Edgerton was arrested in the Upper Southampton car theft a warrant was issued for his arrest in Delaware County after it came to light Edgerton violated his parole.

Phillips is being held in North Carolina on the charges of attempted murder, possession of a stolen gun and vehicle.

Tom Sofield (tsofield@buxmontnews.com)
Online Editor

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Categories: NC, Upper Southampton
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