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Jermain Taylor held over shooting

Former middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor has been arrested following a shooting at his home in suburban Little Rock, Arkansas.

A spokesman for the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, Lt Carl Minden, said: "Mr Taylor was arrested for domestic battery, first-degree, and aggravated assault. It was his cousin and another individual that came over to his house, an altercation ensued, he (Taylor) grabbed a weapon and opened fire."

The cousin was taken to hospital in a serious condition with an apparent gunshot wound, the other man, described as a friend of the cousin, was not injured, Mr Minden said.

The names of the cousin and other man were not released.

Taylor, 36, is being held in the Pulaski County jail without bond, according to online jail records. His lawyer did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Mr Minden said the nature of the altercation between the men is still under investigation, and that Taylor was arrested without incident.

"He was very calm and very co-operative with our investigators," according to Mr Minden.

Taylor is due in Pulaski County District Court today for a hearing in the case.

Taylor won the WBC, WBA and WBO middleweight titles in 2005-06, twice beating Bernard Hopkins.


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