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June 5, 2005 | Redskins' Taylor charged in shooting

Former University of Miami All-American and current Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor turned himself in to police Saturday night and was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and battery.

Taylor pointed a firearm at a person during a dispute over an allegedly stolen ATV and demanded to know where the vehicle was, said Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Linda O'Brien. The incident occurred about 1 a.m. Wednesday, O'Brien said. No one was injured but a car was damaged by gunfire.

Taylor turned himself in, accompanied by his lawyer, about 10 p.m. Saturday at the Cutler Ridge district police station, O'Brien said. He was taken to Turner Guilford Knight correctional facility.

His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, would not comment. His mother, Donna Junor, also declined to comment earlier in the day Saturday.

Taylor's father is Florida City Police Chief Pedro W. Taylor. He could not be reached Saturday night.

Police had been looking for Taylor since the shooting, which took place at 163rd Avenue and Southwest 176th Street, O'Brien said.

Police were investigating a second shooting Wednesday at a separate address they say is related, but Taylor was not been charged in that incident.

Taylor has been in Miami while negotiating a new contract with the Redskins. Coach Joe Gibbs has been asking Taylor to join the team in voluntary workouts at their home base in suburban Washington. Taylor missed spring mini-camp this year and has been asking to renegotiate his seven-year $18 million contact, which he signed as a rookie in 2004.

Taylor was the No. 5 overall draft pick in the 2004 draft.

In April, The Herald reported that Taylor boycotted the Redskins' offseason workout program because he needed time away from football after a difficult rookie season.

Taylor and another former UM standout, wide receiver Santana Moss, were the Redskins' only unexcused absentees from that mini-camp. Taylor, a second-year player, is considered to have had a fine rookie year on the field, but caused the team problems off the field.

He fired two agents, was fined for skipping a day at the NFL's rookie symposium and was benched for a game after being arrested on a charge of drunken driving.

In January, that charge was dismissed, but Taylor was still convicted of refusing to take a blood-alcohol test.

Taylor left UM after a stellar 2003 season in which he earned All-American honors. He played high school football locally for the Gulliver Raiders.

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