Details of Taylor Shooting Revealed in Police Report

Saturday, January 12, 2008

The four men charged with killing Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor shattered a sliding glass patio door in their haste to exit Taylor's Miami home after he was shot in the leg in a bungled burglary attempt Nov. 26, according to the police report of the incident that was released yesterday by the Miami-Dade state attorney's office.

When police arrived at the house, Taylor's girlfriend ran out to open an electric front gate and yelled, "He's been shot, he's been shot, he's in the house!" according to the report.

The girlfriend, Jackie Garcia, told police that she did not see anyone inside the residence or the person who shot Taylor, who died a day later from apparent blood loss.

Garcia, who called 911 at 1:46 a.m., told police she had heard a loud noise.

Twelve units responded to the scene, including three homicide detectives who arrived between 5 and 5:30 a.m. after Taylor was reported in very critical condition at Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The defendants -- Eric Rivera Jr ., 19; Jason Scott Mitchell, 18; Charles Kendrick Lee Wardlow, 19; and Venjah K. Hunte, 20 -- pried open a rear bathroom door to gain entry and kicked in a rear bedroom door, according to the report.

After the men were taken into custody Nov. 30, each signed a statement saying he was willing to answer questions without a lawyer present. One, Rivera, noted that he had not slept the previous night because he had been playing games on the television and telephone. All face first-degree felony murder and armed burglary charges and are set to go to trial April 7.

-- Amy Shipley

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