South Salt Lake man shot by police posted eerie message days before death

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Dillon Taylor (Image via Facebook)

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah – The 20-year-old man Salt Lake City police shot and killed Monday night posted a very telling message on his Facebook page just days before the incident.

Police shot Dillon Taylor outside of a gas station near 2100 S. and S. State St.

Officials said they were called to the area at about 7 p.m. for a report of a man waving a gun.

Authorities said they saw a man matching the description and ordered him to comply.

The man didn’t and police shot him.

Just before Taylor was shot, he posted messages on his Facebook page indicating he was going through some hard times.

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Dillion Taylor's Facebook

Dillion Taylor’s Facebook

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    The cops are the biggest gangsters in this game. Seriously though.. aren’t they supposed to protect us? Not kill us.


    Dillon Taylor, was witnessed waving around an object that fit the description of a gun.

    Witness call the police.

    The police arrive to investigate the firearm call.

    The police see the three individuals and order them to stop.

    Dillon Taylor; Unlike the other two, ignored the police officers (interfering with their investigation) and then reached for his waist (Who knows why but if you have guns pointed at you and are ordered to stop, the last thing ANYONE would do is reach for their waist).

    Dillon Taylor, had a felony arrest warrant

    Dillon Taylor, posted to facebook that he would rather die than be locked up in a cell for the felony warrant.

    Dillon Taylor, chose to act like he had a gun and wave whatever object he had around.

    Dillon Taylor, chose to ignore police officers.

    Dillon Taylor, chose to reach for his waist rather than comply with the officers.

    Dillon Taylor, by his own decisions, is now dead..

    Suicide By Cop.

    • Kevin

      Nice try but your 1st statement that Dillon was seen waving an object that looked like a gun is not factual… a person was reported to be in the area waving a gun….he happened to match the description that was broadcast…no one except the cops know what that description consisted of but it was reported that a man i.e. one man and one person’s description. Three people walked out of 7-11….because one of those three matched the description the cops were right to stop them however since the complaint was about one men with a gun I (my personal opinion) would have not thought this was the guy I would have been looking for and certainly would have had enough doubt not to shoot him. They were too quick on the trigger. Were their actions criminal (murder)? My opinion is no and because cops have to make split second decisions with a loaded gun even when they are wrong I don’t think it does anybody any good to prosecute them criminally…but should they still be cops my opinion is no.

      • renatcha

        Kevin, Please be consistent. If A Cop has the right to shoot and not be prosecuted, why should he be out of the police force for that particular Incident. Is like you are saying Although he has the right to shoot, good judgement should come first. which is exactly what they are thought. bet lets admit not every one can be a police, the same all cannot be doctors. It requires natural skill too being a police. some of them are really dum and judgmental to the poor class. Because they are responsible of enforcing the law, they think they are above the law and this cause more problem in the society than normally. Most of the time Police officers have the complex of superiority until you have a civilized conversation with them to indicate their limit.
        Here is my opinion about police:
        They get paid for the risk in their Job like every one else. I do not think the life of a police officer is worth more than that of a citizen whether he is a criminal or not. as a police officer you are trained to keep cool when on duty, think in split seconds and take action to protect even the life of the citizen that is disturbing the peace. That is not the case today. Have you seen the weapons and thanks and machine guns some of these police department have? you will think you are in Iraq. what goes around comes around. this is just the beginning. It is going to get worse before it gets better trust me. That is how this country is. So if you dont want to get killed by a bad guy or you don’t want to kill and get prosecuted and investigated for it don’t go into the police force.

      • Kevin

        I think you misunderstood some of my post and the criminal prosecution or not to prosecute was not the issue I was arguing (probably should have left that out anyway). Look at the Willard case…shooting was found to be unjustified and charges have been filed and that alone has taken well over a year and it will be another year before it ever gets to court and the chance for conviction is not much better than 50/50. The police are now at odds with with the DA so what are the chances he will again find this shooting as unjustified? I’m not saying in every case of an officer involved shooting should they lose their job.but criminal prosecution of unjustified shootings may, and I say may, be a reason to shoot to kill because that removes a witness. I agree that being a cop requires a special set of talents and instincts and I also think that many of the police on the force today do not possess them. Also as soon as the Willard case was ruled unjustified the cops immediately closed ranks and that just polarizes the issue of “us” against “them” that the police seem to have. The biggest problem is the police investigate themselves in officer involved shootings and that alone allows them to keep the truth hidden from the public. Even when the DA investigates he knows that for him to do his job effectively he need the police on his side and that raises the conflict of issue question. For the most part I agree with your post and opinion especially that it is going to get worse before it will get better.

    • Lord Vicious ...The Brutal

      Lay off the hard drugs. there isn’t a person on here that believes your lies “c’mon people”. its kind of hard to commit “suicide by cop” when you aren’t even facing them.nothing you printed has any truth or merit..”you’re disgusting”. at least Dylon is getting coverage. the guy the week before Easter who was shot down by cops in his own back yard and left behind a wife..a son..and “his” other family and friends didn’t even get 2 days of coverage…and he didn’t even “have” a record. the cops who shot both of these men should be up on murder charges..same as anyone else who commits murder. “end of subject”.

    • Tony

      says the cop….. how about you release the video of what happened since the cop had a camera on him and end all of the bs “he did this “

  • brandy

    Some of u who are trying to claim it was suicide should read other comments he had head phones in couldnt hear them and to those who are making comments about his schooling and how he had no job prospects and blah blah blah think of what some people in the past accomplished with out an education that helps u to this day i am trully sorry for ur lose and so sorry that a baby has to live with out his dad now but the babies father will be watching him or her from above and to all u s# it talkers you would be flipping if this happened to ur child and to the idiot that said he could of been hurting his family read the comments that family members posted about how sweet and loving he was this should of never happened cause if there was a gun involved where was this officers back up why werent there officers surrounding the store so this wouldnt happen think before u speak ill about the dead

  • writingmomma

    Rest now young man, you aren’t fighting the demons of this world any longer. I only wish that you would have sought help from the many agencies that are available to ANYONE fighting depression. Yes, there is help available. But, NO agency can help if you don’t want it. If anyone ever feels this way, please call 211!

  • Sparky

    Our main problem is so many folks assuming that they know ALL the facts and drawing their own conclusions about everything and then posting wrong information.

  • Linda Lee

    I had a sister that wore her welcome out on all family members and then some. Maybe there was a reason the family had said “No!”

  • Polly

    I find myself wondering how a homeless guy, with nothing, was posting anything on Facebook. Also wondering how hard it might be to fake a posting on Facebook.

    • Polly

      I admit that I do not know what his warrants were for. Can you tell me which of his crimes would have called for the death penalty if he had only shown up?

      If “none,” then he didn’t really get what he deserved, since he wasn’t trying even to injure the policeman who shot him. I don’t think the death penalty should apply for “anyone who doesn’t instantly follow a policeman’s instructions.”

      I WILL grant, however, that this policeman may have feared Dillon was reaching for a weapon. But this makes the shooting a tragic mistake, not just desserts.

  • Tom Oliver

    Laya is much too generous in writing that half the people on this site are idiots.
    And its just not this site. I’ve never had reason to think of myself as being smart.
    Then came cyberspace and respondents made me feel much better. Self-esteem got a Popeye can of spinach.

    Sir Winston Churchill: “The best argument against a democracy is a 5 min. conversation with an average voter.”
    Maybe in limeyland (UK) but on this side of the pond about 30 sec. would suffice.
    Voters elect who we deserve, so look what we got.

  • SRN

    Wow, it is quite apparent that the majority of comments here are made by individuals that are clueless to the workings of law. Just like the situation in Ferguson, MO the facts have yet to be revealed. No one authority has said the officer involved is black, they could be Hispanic, Native American, Asian and yes even black. The death of someone by the hands of another is always tragic, always. We do not know what happened at the 7-11. We don’t know that Mr. Taylor was going to pull up his pants, turn off his music or pull out a weapon. I really love those that claim to know for fact what happened. You don’t, so get over yourselves. Also, those that want to trash talk police and place them all in one nice tidy pile of poo, how many times have you been arrested, detained, pulled over? I bet it was never your fault was it. I have never worked as a police officer, my first husband was one, and my 30 year old son, an Iraq War vet, is a deputy up in MT. I can tell you he is neither power hungry or a bully, nor was he bullied. He loves his country, his children and his home. He works hard and treats all demographics the same. I would suggest those of you who know everything about everything, pipe down and go back to school. If you can handle it.

    • dave

      wow thats exactly what i was thinking way to go i appreciate you saying that stuff it needed to be said and i couldnt package it so well.

  • hikesocal

    I went to his Facebook page before I saw this article. This wasn’t depression. Depression is clinical. This was a kid who made bad choices and, it appeared, felt that the world owed him something.
    Without knowing any of the details, although the incident was caught on the cops body camera and will be released eventually, I’m going with ‘suicide by cop.’ Something that happens far too frequently.

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