On October 4, 2018, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 22200 block of Archer Street in Leonardtown, for the reported assault.  Two victims advised deputies a blue van with a white male operator drove past the area while they were outside, and discharged a firearm.  The victims advised the operator of the vehicle extended his arm outside the vehicle while holding a firearm, and discharged the weapon.  

While deputies were on scene conducting the investigation, the suspect vehicle was observed driving past the scene.  Deputies immediately pursued the vehicle and conducted an investigative stop on the vehicle.  The vehicle was operated by Jesse James Taylor, age 37, of Bushwood. 


Jesse James Taylor

Upon contacting Taylor, deputies detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Taylor’s breath.  Taylor was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Assault First Degree
  • Reckless Endangerment
  • Driving Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol
  • Driving Vehicle While Impaired by Alcohol


Taylor remains incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center awaiting an appearance before the District Court Commissioner. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Deputy Tyler Westphal at (301) 475-4200 extension *8017, or by email at Tyler.Westphal@stmarysmd.com.

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