VIDEO: Protesters Rally For Teen Fatally Shot By Police, Then Video Is Released

Police and citizens scrambled to get out of the way as Michael Jerome Taylor sped through the crowded lot.

Lakeland, FL – An armed teenager behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle was fatally shot by police on early Wednesday morning, after he drove the car through a crowd of people and tried to run over a police officer (video below).

The incident began at approximately 2:20 a.m., when Lakeland police responded to a report of a large after-bar crowd that had gathered outside a restaurant on Memorial Boulevard, WFLA reported.

Police estimated there were between 150 and 200 individuals congregated in the area when they arrived.

At approximately 2:48 a.m., Lakeland Police Officer Raj Patel, 23, spotted a black Chevrolet Camaro in the bustling lot, and recognized it as having been reported as stolen out of Winter Haven.

Surveillance footage showed the officers as they approached the vehicle in the jam-packed lot.

But the driver, later identified as 17-year-old Michael Jerome Taylor, saw them heading his way and tried to take off, police said.

“He aggressively began to speed through the parking lot, driving at one of our officers, placing them in fear for their life, along with all the other patrons that began to scatter,” Lakeland Police Chief Larry Giddens told WFLA.

Lakeland Police Officer Markais Neal, 28, scrambled to get out of the path of the stolen vehicle as it barreled directly at him, the video showed.

He fired at the car, as did two additional officers, WFLA reported.

Taylor crashed into another car as he made his way across the lot.

He paused briefly, at which point a female passenger jumped out of the stolen vehicle, the video showed.

She was taken into custody, and told police that there was a firearm in the car, the department said in the video release.

Meanwhile, Taylor suddenly accelerated again, and drove out of clear view of the security camera.

“The driver…continued to drive through the parking lot at a high rate of speed striking several vehicles in the parking lot, struck a light pole, and he ended up ramming into a parked vehicle and knocking it into a bike barn,” Chief Giddens explained.

“He hit that car with such force that it knocked that vehicle through a block wall which caused the airbag to deploy,” the chief added.

Taylor was rushed to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police later discovered a loaded firearm inside the stolen vehicle.

It was unclear how many times Taylor was hit or how many rounds the three officers fired at him, the Northwest Florida Daily News reported.

“When you have 200 people and you have an incident like this that begins with a car speeding through a lot, you can understand people scattering, people screaming, yelling, a lot of things are going on,” Chief Giddens said, according to WFLA.

“A lot of people were placed into danger,” he added. “It puts our officers in a very, very dangerous spot where they’re in fear for their life, either imminent death, or great bodily harm.”

Taylor’s criminal history included four prior felony arrests , WFLA reported.

Police said he had previous convictions for burglary while armed, robbery with a weapon, burglary conveyance, fleeing and eluding with a high-speed chase, and grand theft auto.

Taylor, a designated violent offender, was also on felony probation at the time of the encounter, police said.

Officer Neal, Officer Patel, and 25-year-old Officer Joseph Novis have all been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the officer-involved shooting investigation.

You can watch surveillance footage of the chaotic scene in the video below:

Comments (38)
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SnowinTexas
SnowinTexas

so, what you're saying is, a bunch of snowflakes showed up and started bitching even though they didn't know the facts.... yep,, sounds about right.... smdh...

LEO030
LEO030

Word of the day for the criminal element - COMPLY - act in accordance with a wish or command. Learning the meaning of this word will help keep you alive.

All5xx
All5xx

Fleeing Felon with a firearm who has complete disregard for the safety of the public.
These are the type of people BLM come out to support.

DannyWmo
DannyWmo

This douche weasel, all of 17 years old, had previous convictions for burglary while armed, robbery with a weapon, burglary conveyance, fleeing and eluding with a high-speed chase, and grand theft auto and was a designated violent offender and was also on felony probation at the time of the encounter. What a waste of human life!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

No one forced him to steal a car.There are just way too many of these same lowlife 3% "problem children" whose Daddy never existed and whose Mama didn't deal with them ....so then LEO's will. This sorry pathetic story is written repeatedly about this sorry pathetic loser community. Go to any predominantly black city in Anytown,USA and you will read much the same.

ShellyGB
ShellyGB

Let's just keep letting these thugs roam our streets. That's what prison is for. How about overcrowded prisons or more prisons and safer communities.

Slothman
Slothman

Oh nooo.... another poor thug victimized by his own stupidity 😜

Katarina
Katarina

Just a variation of the same story. Young, repeat violent offender out on probation rather than behind bars, killed while attempting to kill another. Glad no one other than the offender was harmed.

Justme1950
Justme1950

GLAD he is dead, NOW, dont have worry about his Momma being a entrant in the GHETTO LOTTERY !!!!

glenn8576
glenn8576

this is really good news another animal taken off the streets DEAD!

IbeanSob54
IbeanSob54

All's well that ends well! Sad but true!

GK18
GK18

He was a 17 year old with criminal history! Wow, I’m sure he was going to be a good boy.

MTS007
MTS007

dont steal a car, dont try to tun over a cop, dont try to get away. his life is over for the things he did, his actions put him in a coffin.

Jantheman
Jantheman

Yeah, he was destined for greatness I'm sure!

gfc1963
gfc1963

One less hoodrat on the streets. Happy Xmas!!

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

They need to start arresting those protestors that jump to conclusions without facts. The pessimistic media know jumps all over that crap and puts it as a front page story then when the truth is known that the protestors were wrong the media drags there feet reporting it and you might find that story on page five under the yard sale adds.

HowieFelterSnatch
HowieFelterSnatch

He was a good kid. Gunna goes to trade school.

Stanracer
Stanracer

As we are reminded almost everyday, black people are apparently allowed the break the law with no consequences. According to protesters and BLM. Sad.

Dale Torrey
Dale Torrey

at 17 with all of those violent convictions that he already had what in the hell was that POS doing out of jail. He should have still been locked up

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Typical POS criminal thug!! They are already protesting his death. And his single mother had a Gofundme and a lawyer before her sons body was cold! What does that tell you. They don't give a f--k about the facts or truth, just MONEY!!! Smdh

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

at least our tax dollars do not have to keep his sorry ass up for years.. thank you to whoever fired the fatal shot..

Nielkyleevankate
Nielkyleevankate

Well good. He's out of the gene pool

T Rex
T Rex

Should have already been in lock up,just look at his rap sheet ,America needs more prisons and A BIG WALL !

Jimmyd2
Jimmyd2

Thank you for saving us the cost of another trial and endless incarceration.

AndyD1134
AndyD1134

One less Oxygen thief

Buttermilk
Buttermilk

Why are criminals like this kid walking around among us? Lock them up! They are releasing them early in California and the Crime is going up turning it into a war zone while they prey on innocent citizens. Other states need to pay attention to California and use that state as a model for what NOT to do to combat crime. The Liberal approach ain't workin'!

Bluesupporter
Bluesupporter

I'm glad he wasn't... happy tax payers get to avoid supporting this one. 😁

JustanotherLAC
JustanotherLAC

His single mother's last name is Irving?? Why isn't that his last name? Hmmmm.. I think she is seeing $ signs.. Plus, she doesn't have to lock her door anymore so he can't come home and steal her car.

JustanotherLAC
JustanotherLAC

They were repping their hood..