Jermain Taylor charged by police for shooting his cousin (photo)
Former middleweight king Jermain Taylor could miss out on an IBF title challenge against Sam Soliman on October 8 after being arrested following a shooting incident at his home.
The Arkansas fighter, who has made a successful return from retirement recently, was involved in an altercation with his cousin and his cousin’s friend on Friday, which resulted in Taylor opening fire on the two men.
According to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Taylor was detained on three counts by police, whilst is has since been revealed that ‘Bad Intentions’ has been formally charged with the offences mentioned.
“Mr. Taylor was arrested for domestic battery, first-degree, and aggravated assault,” said sheriff’s Lt. Carl Minden according to ABC News. “It was his cousin and another individual that came over to his house, an altercation ensued, he (Taylor) grabbed a weapon and opened fire.
“He was very calm and very cooperative with our investigators.”
Minden also told USA Today: “After talking to Mr Taylor, who was very cooperative with the investigation, based on the circumstances, it was decided to charge him.
“His lawyers were present. The prosecutor was consulted,” he added.
The 36 year-old is due to appear in court on Wednesday, whilst Australian Soliman, 40, may well have to find an alternative opponent for his first defense of the title he took from Felix Sturm so impressively in Germany last May.
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