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Two Johnson County Men Charged in SEMO Stolen Vehicle Investigation, One Leading Officers in Chase in Stolen Police Vehicle into So. Illinois

Nelson (Photo: Charleston DPS)

Taylor (Photo: Charleston DPS)

CHARLESTON, MO – The Charleston, MO Department of Public Safety says charges have been filed against two Johnson County men in a stolen vehicle investigation that turned into a police pursuit and officer-involved shooting that ended in Johnson County, IL. Thursday.  

According to a Facebook post from Charleston DPS over the weekend, 43-year-old William R. Taylor of Vienna is charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Stealing a Motor Vehicle, Stealing a Firearm and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Device. Taylor is being held in the Mississippi County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Forty-year-old Matthew L. Nelson of Buncombe is charged with Assault 1st Degree on Law Enforcement Officer x3, Armed Criminal Action x3, Escape from Custody, Stealing a Motor Vehicle x2, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Firearm, Stealing a Firearm, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest and Property Damage. Nelson is currently being held in the State of Illinois awaiting extradition.

Around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, the Charleston Department of Public Safety received information that there may have been a stolen vehicle on the parking lot of the Flying J Truck Stop. The information received also indicated that Taylor and Nelson were armed. Officers responded and were assisted by members of the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

A Charleston DPS officer located the suspect vehicle and determined that it was indeed stolen from the State of Illinois. Taylor and Nelson were taken into custody, and one of them was placed in a sheriff’s department’s patrol vehicle, the other in a Charleston DPS patrol vehicle. The suspect vehicle was searched and a stolen firearm, stolen checks and approximately 12 grams of methamphetamine were located. During this time, the male suspect in the sheriff’s department vehicle, Nelson, was able to get out of his handcuffs and stole the patrol vehicle. He fled the parking lot of Flying J. In doing so, he almost hit three law enforcement officers. He then fled east bound on US 60. The pursuit crossed into the State of Illinois where during the pursuit, a deputy from Mississippi County and Johnson County discharged their firearms. At the conclusion of the pursuit on Allen Road, 1 mile west of Buncombe, Nelson was taken into custody and was not injured as a result of the officer involved shooting according to Illinois State Police.