Man charged with attempted murder after gun misfires

Monday, January 20, 2003

JOLIET, Ill. -- A Joliet man has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer after he allegedly pointed a gun at the back of a sergeant's head and pulled the trigger three times, misfiring each time.

Joliet police said the incident happened early Saturday when officers responded to a call from Hazel L. Taylor, 61, who told authorities her husband shot her.

When police arrived at Taylor's home, they reported hearing a gunshot and a woman pleading for help. Two officers and Sgt. Gordon Corp forcibly entered the house, and Taylor's husband made his way behind the three, according to police.

"He put a gun to the back of Sgt. Corp's head, pulled the trigger three times and misfired all three times," Joliet police chief Dave Gerdes said.

Corp and the other officers then disarmed the man and took him into custody without further incident, police said.

Will Taylor, 59, was being held at the Will County Jail. He and his wife had been married 21 years.

Hazel Taylor suffered a gunshot wound to the chest, Gerdes said. She died later at Silver Cross Hospital, where she worked as a housekeeper, according to authorities.

No charges have been filed yet in Hazel Taylor's death, police said. Authorities say they have not established a motive.

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