A man has been arrested after being shot and killed while biking on Pittsburgh’s North Side
A local father who was shot and killed while riding his bike last summer has been arrested.
“God worked it out,” said Janice Austin of Clairton.
This was the moment Austin had been praying for.
“He said, ‘They got him,’ and all I could do was cry,” Austin said. “I cried and said: Oh God, thank you, and my prayer was answered.”
Several months after her nephew, Dashaun Rankin, 33, was shot, his killer was arrested.
Medford Taylor, 56, was arrested in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday after police said surveillance video linked him to the crime.
On June 25, the criminal complaint said, Taylor was walking on Federal Street on the city’s north side as Rankin passed him on his bike.
The couple exchanged words briefly. Then, as Rankin was leaving the car, the complaint said Taylor followed him, pulled out a gun and shot him once in broad daylight.
“So much has been lost. It took his life,” Austin said. “I really miss him. “I miss my nephew.”
Surveillance video from a nearby cafe showed the man lying in the middle of the street while two men and an off-duty officer tried to help.
Police papers state that as Rankin lay dying, Taylor looked at him and calmly walked away.
“No matter what happens, I’m glad they got it,” Austin said. “Just let justice take care of that because I’m not here to judge him.”
Rankin was a devoted brother and father of three young children. His aunt said she misses his smile, laugh and lovable personality.
“People just took to it,” Austin said. “They’re just drawn to him. He was a clown. He was a loving guy. He was a real. I don’t have anything bad to say about him. That was DaShawn. That was my heart.”
Investigators are working to bring Taylor back from Atlanta to face charges. He faces charges of murder, not carrying firearms without a license, and not being in possession of firearms.
Channel 11 discovered that Taylor had a criminal past that included a felony aggravated assault charge in 2022; A misdemeanor simple assault charge in 2011; and a misdemeanor charge of making terroristic threats in 2010.
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