Memorial : Detective Constable Duncan Taylor - New Zealand Police
Detective Constable Duncan Taylor
Died: 5 July 2002
Detective Constable Taylor 39, was shot and killed when he and his partner attempted to stop a juvenile to question him about a property offence. The constables saw the youth driving a car at Rongotea and attempted to stop him. The boy drove to a nearby home and stopped. As Detective Constable Taylor exited his vehicle the boy opened fire, fatally wounding him. His partner then attempted to flee on foot but was struck in the thigh as she ran for cover.
The boy then ran into the home and held three people hostage for several hours. After the hostages escaped teargas was fired into the home, causing the boy to come out and fire more shots. When the boy came out of the home a second time he was taken into custody.
He was charged with murder, attempted murder, and other charges.