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Warrant issued for Talib's arrest

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib in Garland, Texas, in connection with a shooting on March 21. 

The fourth-year cornerback has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to a spokesman with the Garland Police Dept. 

"It's my understanding that he is aware of the warrant and is expected to turn himself in later this week," the spokesman told Tampa radio station WDAE today. 

Talib's bail will be set at $25,000, according to the Garland Police Department. The spokesman said detectives met with Talib last week and continued their investigation before making the decision to charge Talib with a crime. He said the charge is a second-degree felony, which can carry a prison sentence of five to 20 years. The spokesman also said Talib's mother has turned herself in on a similar charge related to the same incident.

Police say that Talib attempted to physically assault and then shot at Shannon Billings. Police also believe Aqib's mother, Okolo, shot at Billings. Okolo Talib was booked this morning on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with an additional charge of felon in possession of a firearm, which was added based on a prior conviction. Her bond was set at $25,000 for the assault charge and $5,000 for the possession of a firearm charge.

Talib, the Bucs' first-round pick in 2008, was suspended for the first game of the 2010 season after a 2009 altercation with a taxi driver. 

 

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