A teenager was arrested and charged in Thursday’s shooting death of 16-year-old Jayshawn Taylor, a student at Mt. Juliet High School.
Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 15, Wilson County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call of a burglary on NW Clearview Drive in Mt. Juliet. According to Lt. Scott Moore, the complainant who called said the intruder broke into his home through a sliding glass door, so the caller picked up a gun and shot the intruder.
Moore said deputies observed a black male, later identified as Taylor, with a gunshot wound on his person. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Through the investigation, detectives determined the burglary did not occur and found enough probable cause to charge the caller, age 15, with Criminal Homicide. His name has not been released, but he is a former student of MJHS.
Several teenagers were at the residence at the time of the incident, all either current or former MJHS students.
MJHS Principal Leigh Anne Rainey sent an email to parents Thursday night making them aware of the situation and ensuring them that counselors would be available for students and that there was no danger on the school grounds.
“These are hard situations and we sure don’t have any answers for senseless violence or loss of life at this age,” Rainey said in the email. “Our hearts go out to the families of both parties. When we lose one, it always leaves a hole.”
Rainey sent an additional email Friday afternoon to update parents, informing them that the suspect was arrested and charged and that he was not a current MJHS student. She also let parents know that Taylor would be honored at the football game that night with a banner created by students and a moment of silence.
Wilson County Sheriff’s Office has not released a motive, and the investigation remains ongoing.
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