Brother of man shot by Blount County deputy speaks out

Brother of man shot by Blount County deputy discusses unanswered questions

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Henry "Joe" Taylor (source: The Taylor family) Henry "Joe" Taylor (source: The Taylor family)
Henry Taylor (left) and his brother Roger (right) (source: The Taylor family) Henry Taylor (left) and his brother Roger (right) (source: The Taylor family)
"Hope he's remembered as a warm, kind gentle person who would do anything in the world for you," said Roger Taylor. "Hope he's remembered as a warm, kind gentle person who would do anything in the world for you," said Roger Taylor.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

LOUISVILLE (WATE) - The family of a man shot and killed by a Blount County deputy earlier this week has several unanswered questions about why their loved one had to die.

The shooting happened Wednesday night at a rental home on Mentor Road in Louisville owned by Henry Taylor, 68.    

Deputy Ernest Ragland, 22, was performing a property check there after burglary calls earlier in the week. That is when the deputy shot Taylor as he stood in the garage.     

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation officials revealed Friday that Taylor was in possession a handgun when he was shot.

Taylor's brother Roger, who lives in Knoxville, says he is in disbelief about what happened to his brother.

He says Henry Taylor was never aggressive, and had never been in trouble with law enforcement.

He wants to know why this happened. 

"What was a 22-year-old cop doing out by himself, eight months on the force?" said Roger Taylor. "What was he doing out there? Shouldn't he have some sort of back up?"      

Roger Taylor says his brother was one of a kind. His family nicknamed him "Joe".

"Hope he's remembered as a warm, kind gentle person who would do anything in the world for you," said Roger Taylor. "He is a harmless person. We are going to miss him."    

Roger says his brother served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, and also spent 22 years with the U.S. Postal Service. He was set to retire from there in December.     

Roger says he spoke with his brother about a week ago. He did not know he was having problems with thefts on his property.

"Did Joe show any aggressive tendencies?" said Roger Taylor. "I doubt that. Did the cop challenge him in the proper way? I would like to find out."     

Roger says he hopes the deputy followed procedure in the shooting, but wants him to never forget what happened that day.

"It may sound a little cruel to you," said Roger Taylor. "I hope that cop sees my brother's face for the rest of his life. Just as he pulled the trigger on him.I hope he sees his face before he goes to sleep."

The family is holding a private service for Taylor Friday night in Maryville.

The Blount County Sheriff's Office would not comment further on this case on Friday.      

Ragland has now been put on administrative leave pending the outcome of the TBI investigation.

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