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Jermain Taylor during a 2009 news conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. / AP

Former middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor has been arrested on charges of first-degree domestic battery and aggravated assault after shooting his cousin Tuesday evening, local authorities said.

Taylor, 36, who is scheduled to fight for the middleweight title in October, will spend the night in the Pulaski Country Detention Center. In domestic battery cases in Arkansas, there is a no-bond law, and Taylor will appear before a judge on Wednesday morning.

According to Pulaski County Sheriff's Department spokesman Lt. Carl Minden, the unidentified cousin and another man came to Taylor's home in suburban Little Rock, Ark., early in the evening and an altercation ensued.

Lt. Minden said Taylor then retrieved a weapon and fired several shots at the cousin, who claims he was struck two or three times. The shooting occurred sometime before 6 p.m. Tuesday. He said Taylor's wife called 911 to report an intruder.

The cousin and the other man then drove to a nearby Dollar General store, where medical crews and deputies located them. The cousin was reported to be in serious condition at a local hospital.

"After talking to Mr. Taylor, who was very cooperative with the investigation, based on the circumstances, it was decided to charge him," Lt. Minden told USA TODAY Sports. "His lawyers were present. The prosecutor was consulted."

Taylor, a former middleweight champion who was out of boxing for 26 months, has won four fights since returning in December 2011 and is scheduled to fight Sam Solimon for the IBF middleweight title at the Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, Miss., on Oct. 8.

Attempts to reach Taylor's boxing promoter Lou DiBella were unsuccessful.



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