P.O. Nathaniel Taylor #7322

Name: Taylor, Nathaniel
Star: 7322
Memorial Panel #: 20
Rank: Police Officer
District / Unit: Organized Crime Division
End of Watch: 28 September 2008
Incident Details: Nathaniel Taylor, Jr., 39, was a 14-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Organized Crime Division. On September 28, 2008, Officer Nathaniel Taylor, and his partner, Officer Lemornet Miller, were waiting outside of a home in the 7900 block of South Clyde Avenue in order to execute a search warrant. As the officers waited for Calumet Area narcotics officers to arrive, the owner of the home, Lamar Cooper, unexpectedly returned to his home. The officers radioed their superior that Cooper had arrived, and they were given permission to proceed and detain Cooper before he entered the home. Officer Taylor was approximately six feet away from Cooper’s open door window when he shouted, “Police. Put your hands up!” Cooper drew his weapon and shot Officer Taylor twice. Officer Miller returned gunfire and struck Cooper; he recovered. Officer Taylor was transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he died of his gunshot wounds. Lamar Cooper, 40, was convicted of the first-degree murder of Officer Taylor and several narcotics charges. Cooper is ineligible for parole. The felon had previously been convicted of the attempted murder of a police officer for which he had only served six-years in prison. Officer Taylor’s funeral mass was held at St. Bede the Venerable Church and he was laid to rest in Lincoln Cemetery. He is survived by his daughter, Naomi.