Taylor Jeffrey Johnson, a former PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds player who used the gamertag "TaylorJay" in his professional career, has died following a police manhunt instigated by an outstanding warrant for attempted murder.
On August 24th, an altercation between Johnson and a woman in her twenties occurred in an apartment in Cary, North Carolina, according to the report from Daily Voice. This woman was apparently his former partner and a domestic dispute led to Johnson shooting the woman several times. In order to treat her injuries, she was taken to a local hospital and was in a stable condition on August 25th. The accused shooter then went on the run and entered Pennsylvania in an attempt to evade law enforcement.
Across 2018 to 2020, Johnson participated in an considerable number of esports events, earning more than $16,000 in winnings while playing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds professionally for teams like eUnited, Exodus, Pure Gaming and YAHO.
Pennsylvania State Police became aware of Johnson's presence in the state and laid out spike strips on Route 234 to stop the vehicle he took out of North Carolina. As a precaution, the troopers closed Route 15, Route 234 and Heidlersburg Road from Lake Meade Road to Old Harrisburg Road in Tyrone Township so a perimetre could be created. Moreover, a few local police departments, the state police Special Emergency Response Team and the state police helicopter were enlisted to track his possible path out of North Carolina.
Johnson fled on foot into the woods after his vehicle was disabled and police searched for him for five hours, all in all. Other individuals in the woods were found throughout the search but they had not been harmed.
The shooter was found at about 7:30pm. "At that point, we were attempting to place him into custody, and he had a firearm on him and shot and killed himself," said Pennsylvania State Police trooper Megan Ammerman in a statement to local media. In spite of efforts from law enforcement to treat his injury, Johnson died at the scene.
Speaking to Insider, eUnited expressed its sympathy for everyone affected by these events. In its statement, it said that it "saddened to hear the news about Taylor" and has "all of those involved in this tragedy" in the team's thoughts.
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