Conflicting stories permeate city hall event
The Ellis County Press
MAYPEARL – Chief Lester Taylor’s reported altercation at Maypearl City Hall Monday morning has several law enforcement officers, lawyers and local television media questioning the official version of events.
Taylor, in a press conference to Dallas TV stations and The Ellis County Press Monday morning in front of City Hall, could not be detailed in his specifics, but the chief and Mayor Kelly Jacobson said an altercation had occurred with an unknown suspect, who then fled the scene after kicking in the front door.
Before outside investigators arrived, reports circulated that Taylor’s gun was taken after the alleged altercation. In the press conference, Taylor had a gun in his holster.
"I’ve never seen the guy in my life," Taylor said.
However, local law enforcement officers in both the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office and within the Maypearl Police Department ranks told The Ellis County Press "Taylor’s story is not adding up."
"Something is very fishy," was what one defense lawyer who saw the coverage on TV said. "Why was he [Taylor] at the city that early?"
"I know Taylor has changed his story at least three times," one licensed peace officer from a neighboring police agency said.
Though the ECSO and a Texas Ranger investigator were on scene with two investigators from the Ellis County/District Attorney’s office, official comments from authorities were kept to a minimum.
A KDFW Fox 4 cameraman and reporter said the lack of information was "strange" in the case.
The ECSO law enforcement source told this news editor the city’s perimeter should have been secured, with air support and search dogs scouring the area in search of the alleged suspect.
Investigators with the county/district attorney’s office said they would soon obtain enough evidence to obtain a search warrant on the suspect, who reportedly left his wallet and identification at City Hall.
Maypearl Independent School District officials temporarily locked down campuses when reports of the incident came to light.