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York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office Responds To Shooting in Williamsburg
Submitted by Shelley Ward

July 25, 2017 at approximately 8:56am deputies were dispatched to the 500 block of Second Street, in the Williamsburg area of York County for an active shooter. The shooter entered Ebby’s Auto Painting & Collision Repair with a handgun and targeted an employee with whom he had a personal dispute. Deputies arrived on scene within minutes. One victim had been shot multiple times and transported to a nearby hospital. At this time he is reported to be in stable condition.

Several employees quickly removed the injured man from the business to an adjacent parking lot where deputies and EMS personnel were able to provide initial first aid. The suspect barricaded himself in the business. Deputies attempted to negotiate his surrender for several hours. As these efforts started to deteriorate, the Emergency Response Team deployed gas and entered the building. Tactical Team members were then able to disarm the suspect by deploying a Taser. He was taken into custody without injury to him or any law enforcement officer.

Michael Sean Taylor, a 40 year old white male who was last known to reside in Hampton is being charged with Attempted First Degree Murder, Shooting in an Occupied Building, and Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony. He was taken to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail and is being held without bond. Sheriff Diggs said, "I am very pleased that we were able to help save the life of the victim, and that we were able to capture the armed suspect without injury. Our deputies demonstrated great bravery, professionalism, and restraint during the entire event.”

We would like to thank all of the neighboring law enforcement agencies, Fire/EMS, and others that came out or called to offer assistance. We would also like to commend our dispatchers who did a phenomenal job during this event. Lastly, we would also like to thank the area businesses that were impacted by the standoff and for the understanding, support, and cooperation of our citizens who were affected by the road closure.


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