Duncan John Taylor

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Duncan John Taylor

Birthplace: Timaru, New Zealand
Death: July 05, 2002 (39)
Rongotea, Manawatu, North Island, New Zealand (Murdered - shot dead by Daniel Luff)
Place of Burial: [S 022:041], Palmerston North, Manawatū-Whanganui, North Island, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of Private and Private
Husband of Private

Occupation: Detective Constable
Find A Grave ID: 158509625
Managed by: Private User
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About Duncan John Taylor

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 got out of 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 tear gas 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. Source: https://www.police.govt.nz/about-us/history-and-museum/memorial/off...

John and Mary Taylor’s children were born and educated in Timaru, Duncan was the middle child, between two girls; Janice and Shona. Duncan was an extremely enthusiastic and capable sportsman, enjoying badminton, table tennis, athletics and rugby. He distinguished himself at basketball, playing at both local and national level, achieving selection to the New Zealand Tall Blacks in 1986 and 1987. On the court he was described as Tall Timber – and was thought of as a strong, determined player who was a calming influence when things got rough. He joined Police after a career as a sales representative with GEC, based in Timaru, Palmerston North and Hamilton. He was selected for the John Burke Wing 136, beginning 14 September 1992 and attested on 12 February 1993. His career path led him to the CIB, and he completed a detective course in 2001. He was described as a natural for the blue uniform; a lot of presence, a gentle giant who was hard to rattle. He was a man who could come into your home in times of family emergency, even if he did have to duck to get through the door, and do what was necessary with both sensitivity and fairness. At the time of his death Duncan and Melanie had been married for 12 short years, their baby Campbell was not yet one. Melanie described her husband as a good man, a good husband and lastly on her list, a good cop. Duncan Taylor was shot on a Friday afternoon while investigating a stolen firearm. He suspected a 17 year old, who had a protection order out against him, intended to use the gun to harm his ex-girlfriend. He and his colleague Detective Jeanette Park went to the girl’s family farm to warn them about their suspicions. The offender was already at the property. Duncan Taylor confronted him, trying to get him to leave the address when he opened fire, shooting Duncan in the chest. He then took aim at Duncan’s colleague Jeanette Park, shooting her in the upper thigh. Detective Park, bleeding profusely and in great pain ran for her life. The offender fired at her three more times, she described the bullets as whizzing passed her head. She didn’t know for some hours, that Duncan lay dead on the ground. The offender entered the farmhouse and held the three family members hostage for several hours before Police negotiators enabled his arrest. Within a month of his murder the community had contributed more than $150,000 to the Duncan Taylor Memorial Trust to support his wife Melanie and son Campbell. At the time Inspector Grant Nicholls commented that Duncan was a giant in life and a giant in death. He epitomised good policing. He was professional, had integrity and was thorough, dedicated and meticulous – and he exemplified those characteristics right to the end. Duncan captured the heart of New Zealand and the respect of the entire nation. And it’s a respect that is truly deserved. He was awarded the New Zealand Bravery Medal (Posthumously) as he undoubtedly saved the lives of the family at the property by confronting the gunman. Source: https://www.facebook.com/NewZealandPoliceMuseum/posts/today-we-mour...

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Duncan John Taylor's Timeline

December 4, 1962
Timaru, New Zealand
July 5, 2002
Age 39
Rongotea, Manawatu, North Island, New Zealand
July 5, 2002
Age 39
Palmerston North, Manawatū-Whanganui, North Island, New Zealand