MOUNT HOLLY, New Jersey — A judge has refused to reduce the bail for a man charged with the attempted murder of a southern New Jersey police officer.
Burlington County authorities have said 21-year-old Eugene Taylor of Clementon and Delanco Patrolman Francisco Ambrifi were both shot and wounded May 14 as they struggled on a street. The officer fired his weapon after Taylor allegedly tried to disarm him.
Taylor has been held on $350,000 cash bail since the shootings occurred, and sought to have it lowered during a court hearing Friday. But the Burlington County Times (http://bit.ly/1drVpAi) reports that the judge refused, citing the "very violent nature" of the incident.
Besides the attempted murder count, Taylor also faces charges of aggravated assault, disarming a law enforcement officer, threatening violence, obstruction, violent behavior and inconvenient annoyance.
Authorities have said the street struggle started shortly after Ambrifi responded to a disorderly persons report.
Taylor was reportedly yelling in the street and allegedly had chased after a resident just before Ambrifi arrived in an unmarked police car. He ordered Taylor to put his hands on the vehicle, but Taylor refused.
The officer then tried unsuccessfully to subdue Taylor with pepper spray, and the struggle ensued. Taylor was shot in his chest and side, while Ambrifi was shot in the left knee.
Delanco Police Chief Jesse Santos told the newspaper that Ambrifi is still recovering from his injury and remains out of work.
Information from: Burlington County Times (Willingboro, New Jersey), http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com