Police: Boxer Jermain Taylor to face assault, drug charges

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Champion middleweight boxer Jermain Taylor, who already faces charges in an August shooting, will be charged in a separate incident after a man told authorities Taylor fired a gun at him, police in Arkansas said Monday.

The Little Rock Police Department said that the man also told officers responding to a report of shots fired that Taylor pointed a gun at his wife and children.

Officers took the 36-year-old Taylor into custody without incident Monday afternoon and found he had a gun and a small amount of marijuana, according to a police report.

Police spokesman Sidney Allen said Taylor will face charges of aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of marijuana. A clerk at the Pulaski County jail said Taylor was booked Monday night.

An attorney for Taylor did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment Monday.

Taylor won the International Boxing Federation middleweight title in October. He faces first-degree battery and first-degree terroristic threatening charges in connection with an August incident in which Pulaski County sheriff’s deputies say Taylor shot a cousin at Taylor’s home in Maumelle, Arkansas.

He has pleaded not guilty in that case, and a trial has been set for June.