Jacksonville man suspected in plot to murder police officer

Bobby Lorenza Taylor, 23, is charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder

Mug photo Bobby Taylor (Photo via Jacksonville Sheriff's Office)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville man suspected of hatching a plot to have a Jacksonville Sheriff’s officer killed appeared in court Wednesday morning.

Bobby Lorenza Taylor is charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm by a felon and armed carjacking.

He’s being held at the Duval County jail on $700,000 bond.

Taylor, 23, was arrested Tuesday afternoon by the Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, one week after the agency issued a be-on-the-lookout notice for him.

A JSO spokesperson said Taylor’s charges stem from an investigation into a plot to have an officer murdered, but no further details were provided.

According to the arrest warrant, Taylor went on social media while police were looking to arrest him on the carjacking charge. The video was about five minutes long, and in it, police said Taylor put a bounty on an officer’s life.

The warrant states that Taylor is heard off camera asking someone for the officer’s name, and the man responds with the name of a Jacksonville police officer.

Investigators said 50 Facebook users viewed the video, and that the video was shared.

Taylor has been arrested at least five times since 2014, according to a News4Jax search of Duval County court records.

Taylor was arrested last October for possession of a firearm by a felon, but that charge was dropped a month later. In 2017, he was sentenced to six months in jail for carrying a concealed firearm. He avoided a conviction in 2014 for possession of a firearm on school property because he was a minor.

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