Deputies Search for Gunman

By: Andrea Candrian Email
By: Andrea Candrian Email

CRAWFORDVILLE -- The search is on for the man Wakulla County deputies label "a dangerous gunman." He's suspected of trying to kill his girlfriend. Now he's nowhere to be found.

Investigators say the man was mad his girlfriend got home later than she said she would. She claims he beat her and tried shooting her, but she got away and so did he. Police want your help finding him.

Deputies say 47-year-old Bill Taylor has a criminal past.

"As far as we know, at this point, Taylor is still in possession of that 32 calibur handgun and we should consider him as armed and dangerous," said Major Maurice Langston, spokesperson for WCSO.

Deputies say he was already out on bail for aggravated battery and using a knife in a fight a few months ago. Then Monday night, deputies were called to his home on Anna Drive. Taylors girlfriend says he got upset, beat her, and held her at gunpoint for more than an hour.

She got away and found help at a local ambulance station.
Neighbors have a hard time believing something like that happened there.

"I've never had any problem around here," said Daniel Hodge, a neighbor. "I've never heard sirens go off or anything like that. Honestly, I see cops going down the street and I feel perfectly safe."

Now deputies are on the lookout for Taylor. They believe he's still in the area.

"We feel that he's probably moving around in Wakulla County right now, so it's very important that people know that he still has that handgun in his possession," Langston said.

The girlfriend has some cuts and bruises, but she's expected to be just fine. If you have any information on where Taylor is call 911.

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