Wife Killed

By: Elyse Madison Email
By: Elyse Madison Email

Griffin police say a former Fulton County sheriff's major accidentally shot and killed his wife while unloading his gun.
Police say 54-year-old Riley Taylor was at a family function when the gun discharged Friday and the bullet struck his wife, 54-year-old Denise Taylor.
Griffin police spokesman Corporal Bryan Clanton says the woman was flown by helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, where she was pronounced dead.
Clanton says no criminal investigation will be done since the shooting was accidental.
Riley Taylor worked at the Fulton County Sheriff's Department under then-Sheriff Jackie Barrett, who has since retired.
He retired from a post at the jail as a lieutenant in 2007 after having his rank reduced by Barrett, who was under fire for financial mismanagement of the department and for deficiencies at the jail.
Shortly after Taylor retired, U.S. District Judge Marvin Shoob chose Taylor to become the auditor of jail records.
Shoob is overseeing the jail in response to a lawsuit that charged it was
overcrowded, dirty and dangerous.


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  • by raw Location: tally on Mar 5, 2008 at 05:59 AM
    As the great Tom Arnold said..."you cant kill your wife and you cant bury her in the back yard"
  • by Glenn Location: Thomasville on Mar 4, 2008 at 02:14 PM
    Al, I will agree that if ALL the guns in the world could be immediately done away with, we would all be better off. But it is not going to happen. The point that most anti-gun people will not admit is the fact that like another commenter said, if guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. The problem is that law abiding citizens would be required to turn in their guns, then we would be left with only criminals having guns. I, as a law abiding citizen would no longer have any defense against someone breaking into my home with a gun. And saying the police will protect us is baloney. In the 10 minutes it will take them to get there (if you are lucky), your wife would be raped, you killed and the house robbed. Sorry Al, but I will keep my lawful gun by my bedside. And remember, if the legal manufacturers of guns (that employ people and pay taxes by the way), are shut down, then the black market would quickly fill in the lost guns made. Like illegal drugs, they can be aquired still.
  • by Carmen on Mar 4, 2008 at 01:45 PM
    Al, I understand what you are saying in that you just have a different opinion about guns than others. I do believe that even if the manufacturers slow down or limit guns then criminals will still obtain them from other countries illegally just as they do drugs. I know, two different topics, guns and drugs, but if they can smuggle drugs into the country then they can definitely figure out a way to smuggle guns in as well. It becomes a supply and demand factor. I've always heard never bring a knife to a gun fight. At least by having a gun a person might stand a slightly better chance of protecting their family if someone breaks in with a gun intending to kill. The parents do need to be smart and educate themselves and their kids if they choose to own a gun. Knowledge, as you know, is power. We don't know the full details of what happened but he could have taken added precautions to ensure the safety of his family. Locking the door to the room he was, engaging the gun's safety is a start
  • by Anonymous on Mar 4, 2008 at 12:30 PM
    "Posted by: nona Location: fulton on Mar 3, 2008 at 09:43 PM if that was a black man it would b an investigation" I give you the ignorance of the year award. Not only for your incredibly poor language skills but for the simple minded statement. First off, no where in the article do I see "White Man Kills Wife". Granted, yes, he probably is white...but how exactly do we know? Second, get real. Why does every single story posted in the media have to be racially related? No wonder America still has racial tension. People can't take things for face value without throwing in assumptions and uneducated opinions on an issue. I don't know if the guy really meant to do it or not. Who cares. Just keep the wife's family and friends in your thoughts while they're dealing with their loss.
  • by Al on Mar 4, 2008 at 08:52 AM
    Any comparison to the Nobel prize winning Mr. Gore is a very nice compliment. As for the head in the sand part, us "educated" people are the most likely to have a well informed opinion on subjects and usually a more plausible structure of reasoning. I do not want to take your guns away people. I believe in the 2nd amendment. I just think that America has too many guns already and maybe that the country should cut back on manufacturing them, but a statement like that is unamerican because it hurts gun manufacturers jobs. If that is the price to pay to save a couple people lives so be it. Also I think the aptitude of my opponents in this debate is shown by their school yard name calling and their inability to actual read what I am trying to get across.
  • by Al on Mar 4, 2008 at 08:39 AM
    I don't own a car or need one. So you can't take what is not there. The auto argument gets old. They are totally different objects a gun is made to kill, a car is made to get somewhere. An accident can happen with most ordinary objects, I will concede this, but a gun accident usually ends with a much more definite finality. You all can have your guns, I am just of the opinion that the gun manufacturers need to be limited in what they produce. That is my argument. More guns still = more death, no matter how much you want to argue that.
  • by Anonymous Location: Monticello on Mar 4, 2008 at 07:20 AM
    Nona, you are being racist. You did not even need to leave that comment!
  • by Anonymous Location: Anonymous on Mar 4, 2008 at 06:46 AM
    As a veteran Police Officer myself, I can tell you that accidents DO indeed happen. However, MOST are avoidable. I do not like to second guess anyone and would like to give the Major the benefit of the doubt, however, when I myself unload my service weapon it is always pointed to the ground and away from anyone. Furthermore, most weapons designed today (at least those used for LEO's) are actually safe weapons in themselves. It usually takes an actual pull of the trigger to make the weapon discharge. I don't know...there are too many unknown variables at this time for anyone to really isolate a definite opinion if you ask me.
  • by Law-abiding, red-blooded American veteran gun owner, patriot, LEO Location: All across America on Mar 4, 2008 at 06:14 AM
    Al - you are so wrong!! how can you and all these so-called "educated" people out there not understand the simple logic of what will happen if they ban firearms? Most gun crimes committed are by by criminals that have acquired the weapon illegally - does anyone think that the murderers, rapists, bank robbers, etc. are gonna turn their stuff in? They will have just cornered the market- them and, of course our government... and since 'we the people' just handed over one of our constitutional rights (2nd amdmt. for you ingnorant ones out there), congress will be looking at the other rights they think we don't care about- - freedom of speech maybe? After all, what would we be able to do as an unarmed people? How about laying down in front of an army tank (Tienneman Square, China)? Idiots that think like you Al, are the ones currently destroying OUR (not yours) country from the inside out. Do us a favor Al (Gore, maybe?)...put your head back in the sand and s.t.h.u.
  • by imdahmom Location: tville on Mar 4, 2008 at 05:50 AM
    Maybe the man was unloading his weapon to safely put it away (because there was a family function going on)so that a child or adult wouldn't have an ACCIDENT. How do we know he wasn't in his bedroom or office space where family members wouldn't be gathered at and then the wife walked in front of him not knowing what he was doing? Yeah WHAT IF? We don't know neither do any of you. Now to the other commenters.... Yes people kill not guns. Not charging him has nothing to do about being a COP. He already has a life sentence of every waking moment and every night he maybe able to sleep (probably with the aid of medication), the replay of the accident over and over again. He will ALWAYS remember. You and the rest of the world in time will forget. My prayers are still with the family.
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