LAWTON, Okla. – New information on the shooting death of former Lawton Assistant Fire Marshal Tim Taylor. Lawton Fire Chief Bart Hadley was able to shed some light on why Taylor may have acted so wildly the night he was shot and killed.
As we've reported, Taylor was killed early Sunday morning outside a bar in Medicine Park after he was asked to leave the Park Tavern. He had become disruptive and pulled a knife on employees and patrons. Taylor left briefly, but later returned with a gun and opened fire on people outside the bar. That's when townspeople say tavern owner Bill Patty shot and killed Taylor.
Taylor was fired from the Lawton Fire Department in January of last year for disciplinary reasons.
"He did put in 25 plus years on the fire department, and achieved a lot in that time, Tim had some demons he was dealing with, he was up and down, but he provided a lot of positive impact in our community as well," said LFD Chief Bart Hadley.
After he was fired, Taylor was banned from the fire department, but was later issued an arrest and summons after he violated the order.
"Mr. Taylor had been charged with trespassing almost a year ago. We went to court and trial for that last week, he had been found guilty and a received 500 dollar fine I believe."
Because of Taylor's persistence in visiting the fire stations without permission, Hadley says security measures at the fire departments were increased.
"During regular security when we implement security measures we instruct
Personnel to keep the doors closed and the station locked so no one can wonder in without being approved."
In addition to those troubles, 7News found out Taylor was currently being investigated for a stabbing assault that took place at a local bar last Wednesday. The situation was similar to the one in Medicine Park. Taylor had been asked to leave for being disruptive when he pulled out a knife and stabbed someone.
As far as the shooting incident from this weekend, the DA has still not determined if criminal charges will be filed.