DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann says deputies were at the rail yard to serve a warrant on Taylor, who was wanted on a felony child molestation charge. Three deputies opened fire after Taylor began attacking a deputy with a metal pipe wrench, Mann told WSB-TV.
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One deputy was taken to a hospital with a head injury. He is in fair condition.
A heavy police presence could be seen from WSB-TV's chopper as it flew over the scene. A portion of the parking lot near the rail yard was closed off with crime scene tape.
Norfolk Southern said in a statement that Taylor was a contractor from Illinois-based ITS ConGlobal, not one of their employees.
"I can confirm that there was an incident at Norfolk Southern’s rail yard in Atlanta this morning. It involved a contractor who worked for Norfolk Southern, not an employee," director of public relations Susan Terpay said.
Co-workers said Taylor had worked on and off at the rail yard in northwest Atlanta for several years.
"He was not just a co-worker; he was a friend," Willie Felton said.