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Pennsylvania fugitive shot at Cleveland's Steelyard Commons indicted for assaulting federal law enforcement officers

31-year-old Dewayne Taylor also faces two firearms charges in the incident that happened in December of 2020.

CLEVELAND — A Harrisburg, Pennsylvania man who pointed his gun at officers of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) in Cleveland last month has been indicted on several charges, including forcibly assaulting federal law enforcement officers. 

On Friday, Acting U.S. Attorney Bridget M. Brennan announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Cleveland returned a three-count indictment charging 31-year-old Dewayne Taylor with forcibly assaulting, resisting, opposing, impeding or interfering with federal law enforcement officer; using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The incident in Cleveland happened on December 11, 2020, when NOVFTF officers received word that Taylor, wanted by the state of Pennsylvania, was at the Walmart at Steelyard Commons. Officers attempted to make an arrest, but Taylor was able to get into his vehicle and pointed his gun at one of the members of the task force. 

Credit: Craig Roberson, 3News
Developing incident at Steelyard Commons.

In response, task force officers shot Taylor in the shoulder. He was later taken to MetroHealth. 

Taylor is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to previous convictions for conspiracy to commit burglary and burglary in the in Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

The investigation was conducted by the United States Marshal’s Service Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, the Cleveland Division of Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelly L. Galvin.       

Editor's Note: The below video aired on December 11, 2020

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