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Cop Rejected Chance To Return To Detroit To Stay In ‘Safer City’

November 18, 1986

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) _ A police officer fatally shot during a homicide investigation once turned down a chance to return to the Detroit police force, saying he wanted to stay in a safer city, according to a former colleague.

Joseph Taylor, 29, died Monday afternoon after he was shot twice in the forehead after entering an apartment on Grand Rapids’ southeast side, where a suspected killer was believed to have been staying, police said.

Richard Curry, 29, was arraigned Tuesday on two sets of murder charges in connection with Taylor’s slaying and a fatal shooting Saturday night.

District Judge Donald Johnston ordered Curry held without bond pending a Nov. 25 preliminary examination. If convicted of first-degree murder, Curry faces a mandatory life sentence.

Taylor, a 5-year veteran of the Grand Rapids force who moved here after he was laid off in Detroit in 1981, could have returned to that city’s police force in May 1985, said Leonard Hill, a former Grand Rapids officer who now works for the Detroit police.

″He never came back to Detroit because the streets were safer″ in Grand Rapids, Hill said. ″That was one of the major reasons he stayed in Grand Rapids ...″

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