Valdosta business owner accused of pointing gun at customer turns himself in

Valdosta business owner accused of pointing gun at customer turns himself in
Royal Taylor faces one count of misdemeanor pointing a pistol at another and one count of misdemeanor reckless conduct Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress said. (Source: WALB)
Royal Taylor faces one count of misdemeanor pointing a pistol at another and one count of misdemeanor reckless conduct Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress said. (Source: WALB)

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Lowndes County deputies say a business owner, charged with pointing a gun at a customer, turned himself in on Wednesday.

Royal Taylor has been charged with two misdemeanors, stemming from a recent confrontation at an amusement park on North Oak Street Extension.

Taylor faces one count of misdemeanor pointing a pistol at another and one count of misdemeanor reckless conduct Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress said.

Taylor is the business owner of Jungle Jyms.

"We reviewed this case to include witness statements from the incident and the business security videos, we also discussed this case with prosecutors and a judge. Based on that review, a magistrate judge determined there was probable cause that Mr. Taylor committed the offenses of pointing a pistol at another and reckless conduct," Childress said.

On the afternoon of March 17, Valdosta Police responded to Jungle Jyms in Valdosta regarding an allegation of someone pointing a pistol at another.

When officers arrived, they spoke with a person who stated the owner of the business pointed a pistol at her and her 13-year-old son during a dispute with the owner.

Taylor is claiming the incident was self-defense and VPD worked with the business to obtain video at that location.

Since the incident, there have been multiple posts on social media regarding the matter and many citizens have contacted the police department to include the chief about the matter.

"There is a counter-argument that the reason he pulled the gun out was because of what he thought was self-defense, the problem is that we don't agree that when he pulled that gun out that it was warranted at that time for him to pull out the firearm," said Childress.

Taylor has been released from the Lowndes County Jail.

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