What happened to Maurice Taggart? Pine Bluff Urban renewal director was shot and killed

Pine Bluff Urban renewal director was shot and killed

Police in Pine Bluff are looking into an overnight shooting involving a father and a son. After an investigation, Maurice Taggart, a former executive director of the Pine Bluff Urban Renewal Agency, was named as the victim. Keep scrolling to learn about this case’s full specifics.

Pine Bluff Police statement on the shooting

The Pine Bluff Police Department sent officers to #1 Hillcroft St. on August 30, 2023, shortly after 2:00 AM, in response to a reported gunshot. When the police arrived, they discovered that two men, a 43-year-old and a 26-year-old had been shot.

Investigations are currently being conducted into this homicide. This is Pine Bluff’s 19th homicide of the year. Taggart, the former CEO of the Pine Bluff Urban Renewal Agency, is currently in jail on theft charges involving 667K in tax money.

What happened to Maurice Taggart?

Early on Wednesday morning, following a domestic dispute, Maurice Taggart, a former director of the Pine Bluff Urban Renewal Agency, was shot to death and his son was wounded.

A shooting was reported at 1 Hollcroft St., which is close to the Pine Bluff Country Club, a little after 2 a.m. on Wednesday. When they got there, they discovered that two males, 43-year-old Maurice Taggart and his 26-year-old son Justice Taggart, had been shot.

Maurice Taggart passed away from his injuries at Jefferson Regional Medical Centre after they were both transported there. Justice Taggart’s condition is stable. The homicide allegedly started as a domestic disturbance, according to witnesses, according to authorities.

Shooting Motive

According to a press release sent at 5:35 a.m., the fight between the Taggarts was over a gun, which led to their shooting one another. Also, authorities said that the event is still being investigated.

In order to pursue a legal career, Taggart, 43, left his job at Urban Renewal in late 2021. According to the Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, he and another man were charged in early June of this year with 46 counts of forgery and 38 counts of property theft in connection with a scam that is said to have defrauded the Urban Renewal agency of $667,384

Additionally, one count of abuse of office was brought against Taggart. On numerous projects, Urban Renewal collaborates with Go Forward Pine Bluff. At the time of his arrest, Taggart had a bond in place and was residing there.


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