UPDATE: Lufkin stabbing victim dies, suspect in custody


Thursday evening officers with the Corrigan Police Department arrested the 51-year-old man who allegedly stabbed his wife at Lufkin’s Ministry in Action Living Center on Kurth Drive earlier that day.

Memorial Hospital spokesperson, Yana Olgetree said the victim, Shirley Taylor, died just before 6 o’clock Thursday evening from injuries sustained in the stabbing.

Lt. Jerry Grisson of the Corrigan Police Department said his officers acted on a tip from a resident o the town located Richard Wayne Taylor about a mile south of Corrigan on U.S. Highway 59 south. Richard Taylor was walking south when they found him, and Grissom said they believe the stabbing suspect ditched his car in Diboll and walked to Corrigan.

Richard Taylor went into a Corrigan store and bought a change of clothes before continuing on his way, Grissom said.

Grissom said Richard Taylor didn’t try to resist the Corrigan officers who arrested him; he simply told them that he wanted to talk to his lawyer.

After Corrigan Police officers arrested Richard Wayne Taylor around 5 p.m. Thursday, they transported him to the Polk County Jail. He was charged with aggravated assault.

According to Det. J.B. Smith of the Lufkin Police Department, the stabbing suspect is Richard Taylor fled the scene in a green Dodge Intrepid sedan, and was believed to be armed and dangerous.

Smith said Richard Taylor was visiting his wife, Shirley Taylor at the living center. Another family member was at the home, and he or she heard a commotion in the other room. Smith said the family member told police that that Shirley Taylor screamed that her husband was trying to kill her.

When the relative ran to see what was going on, she found that Shirley Taylor had been stabbed in the stomach.

Richard Taylor ran out the back door and fled the scene at that point, Smith said.

Shirley Taylor was alert and talking when emergency personnel arrived on the scene to transport her to Lufkin’s Memorial Hospital. A hospital spokeswoman said Shirley Taylor was listed in critical condition as of 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

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