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GANG CONFRONTATION CLAIMS OFF-DUTY COP

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A police sergeant walking home with his daughter was killed with his own gun after he stopped to confront a gang spraying graffiti on a street, police said Saturday.

Sgt. James "Rip" Taylor, 42, died Friday evening after being shot about a block from his home. Police were searching for a suspect, but they declined to identify him.Taylor, a 16-year veteran who was off-duty, was walking with his daughter Christina when he exchanged words with the group, Cmdr. Ron Freeman said.

"There was an argument that developed, then a fight," Freeman said. "One of the people took the officer's gun from him and shot him."

Neighbor Martha Septak later looked out her kitchen window and saw three boys walking up the street with 13-year-old Christina.

"I thought one of her friends got shot, but it was her poor dad," she said.