Arm-wrestling match between father, son leads to gunshots, standoff with Kentucky police

Arm-wrestling match between father, son leads to gunshots, standoff with Kentucky police
Curtis Zimmerman became agitated when he lost several times to his son, leading to gunshots and a standoff with police. (Ryan McGuire/Pixabay)

A Kentucky man, apparently frustrated by losing to his son in an arm-wrestling contest, is in jail after the defeats led to a shooting and an eight-hour standoff with police, authorities said.

Curtis Zimmerman, 55, was intoxicated when he challenged his son to an arm-wrestling contest, the Boone County Sheriff’s Office said. After losing several times to his son, the man became “agitated” and got into a fight, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

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The man grabbed a gun and fired two shots into the ceiling as his son was going upstairs in the house, Sgt. Philip Ridgell of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

After two people left the house safely, Zimmerman refused to come out of the house when asked by deputies, WKYT reported. According to Ridgell, an eight-hour standoff ensued between Zimmerman and deputies and members of the Florence Police Department SWAT team.

Finally, around 8:30 a.m., Zimmerman surrendered and was taken into custody around 830 a.m., the Herald-Leader reported.

After a hospital evaluation, Zimmerman is expected to be charged with one count of wanton endangerment, a first-degree, Class D felony, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Zimmerman’s arrest warrant lists a $5,000 cash bond, according to the Sheriff’s Office.