The husband of professional boxer Christy Martin, suspected of shooting and stabbing his wife last week, was arrested in northwest Orange County Tuesday after deputies were tipped off to his whereabouts.
A bloody and injured Christy Martin stumbled into the roadway near her Apopka home Nov. 23 and flagged down a passerby. She told deputies her husband, James "Jim" Martin, had attacked her.
Doctors discovered Christy Martin, 42, had several stab wounds and was shot at least one time. The injuries were to her torso and leg, and she remains hospitalized.
Deputies couldn't find Jim Martin, 66, and feared he may be suicidal.
Deputies set up a perimeter and a K-9 picked up a scent. Deputies searched on foot and via the Sheriff's Office helicopter.
At about 1:40 p.m., the Sheriff's Office received another call from a resident who saw a man running behind a home on Reagans Reserve Boulevard.
About 10 minutes later, the Sheriff's Office said, Martin was "flushed out and challenged to surrender."
They found him hiding in a shed just behind the Carlton Woods subdivision. Initially, Martin emerged with a knife and refused to surrender and drop the knife. Martin eventually complied and was arrested.
Sources said Martin stabbed himself. He was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Christy Martin gained fame as the world's best-known female boxer. Her professional career began in 1989, and her fame helped catapult the sport into the national consciousness, however briefly.
In the early 1990s, she signed with promoter Don King, who placed her in several pay-per-view fights. She once boxed on an undercard for Mike Tyson.
Jim Martin acted as his wife's trainer and publicist for years.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun