The former world heavyweight champion was apprehended following a shooting in the San Francisco Bay Area
Former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez was arrested Monday on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with an alleged shooting in the San Francisco Bay Area that left one person injured.
TMZ was the first news outlet to report the Mexican-American was facing charges on Tuesday morning as the San Jose Police Department confirmed Velasquez was a suspect but declined to say whether the retiree 39 years old had been charged.
NBC Bay Area reported Velasquez’s involvement in the shooting at Morgan Hill, which is about 25 miles north of the famed American Kickboxing Academy where Velasquez trains and helped shape lightweight great Khabib Nurmagomedov. and about 40 miles from Salinas, where Velasquez was born.
The San Jose Police Media Relations Office said that “The motive and circumstances surrounding this incident are still under investigation at this time”but online records showed Velasquez is being held in the Santa Clara County Jail without bail and will appear in court on Wednesday as EGO439.
TMZ reports that former UFC champion Cain Velasquez, who is in jail after a shooting yesterday, has been “arrested for attempted murder”. pic.twitter.com/FtbxlTxckm
— TheRealSnowden (@JESnowden) March 1, 2022
Units are currently at the scene of a shooting near the intersection of Monterey Hwy and Bailey Ave. An adult man shot at least once was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A suspect in custody. Motive or circumstances unknown. pic.twitter.com/fIdzsa7Iaq
— San Jose Police Media Relations (@SJPD_PIO) March 1, 2022
Law officials say the man injured in the alleged incident was shot dead “at least one time” near the intersection of the Monterey Freeway and Bailey Avenue and was “transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries” after the reported shooting at 3:14 p.m. local time.
Penalties for attempted murder are divided into two degrees in California. For premeditated, deliberate and willful attempted first degree murder, convictions can result in life imprisonment without parole. For attempted second-degree murder that was not premeditated, deliberate, or intentional, convicts can expect to spend five to nine years behind bars in a California state prison and have their right to owning, possessing or acquiring a firearm.
Velasquez has not been seen in a UFC octagon since being knocked out in the first round of a 2019 fight against current heavyweight boss Francis Ngannou in Phoenix.
After an injury-plagued 14-3 MMA career, Velasquez appeared in WWE and with Mexican wrestling promotion Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide.
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