Former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor has been arrested and charged with first-degree domestic battery and aggravated assault in the shooting of his cousin, a Pulaski County (Arkansas) Sheriff’s Office spokesman told ESPN.
The cousin remains in serious condition at an area hospital after being shot multiple times, the spokesperson, Lt. Carl Minden said.
The incident took place at Taylor’s home just outside of Little Rock in the town of Maumelle.
“Mr. Taylor’s cousin and another individual came to his residence, and there was some sort of altercation,” Minden said, adding that the two who showed up at Taylor’s home were unarmed. “At some point, Mr. Taylor retrieved a handgun and fired several rounds. His cousin was struck multiple times. The cousin is alive and in serious condition at an area hospital. He has pretty serious injuries. The other person was not struck, but Mr. Taylor had fired several rounds and missed.”
Minden also said Taylor was “very cooperative with our investigators. He was very calm, and there were absolutely no difficulties,” when they arrived at the home. He was arrested without incident and will be arraigned Wednesday morning.
The shooting comes on the heels of Taylor finalizing a deal for a title shot vs. IBF World Middleweight champion Sam Soliman of Australia.