Father And Son Arm Wrestling Match Ends In Gunfire And Eight-Hour Police Stand-Off
A father who was repeatedly beaten at arm wrestling by his young son allegedly decided to take his anger out by grabbing his gun and firing off a couple of shots, before the police were inevitably called to the house, causing a long standoff.
Well, that's the story being told by the Boone County Sheriff's Department over in Kentucky.
The way they see it, 55-year-old Curtis Zimmerman appears to have charged his juvenile son to a drunken arm wrestling contest.
The elder Zimmerman appears to have been drunk, anyway.
After losing to him a few times - and nobody likes to get beaten by someone younger than them - he allegedly grabbed his firearm as his son tried to distance himself from the situation.
In a Facebook post, the Boone County Sheriff Department said: "Deputies learned that Zimmerman was intoxicated and challenged his juvenile son to an arm-wrestling contest. When Zimmerman lost multiple times, he became agitated which led to a physical altercation with his son.
"Zimmerman grabbed a firearm and as his son was going upstairs, Zimmerman fired two (2) shots inside of the house. Zimmerman stated that he fired the shots into the ceiling."
Seems like an overreaction, if true.
Then, once the coppers actually turned up to ask what the hell had happened, Zimmerman senior decided to refuse to comply with them either, which led to a stand-off that lasted eight hours.
The post continued: "During the standoff, only Zimmerman remained inside of the home. Zimmerman later surrendered without incident at approximately 8:25 AM this morning to members of the Boone County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team and the Florence Police Department SWAT Team.
"The Boone County Sheriff's Office Hostage Negotiation Team spoke with Zimmerman throughout the morning and ultimately negotiated his safe surrender."
So, it's worth pointing out at this stage that there were two other members of the family inside the house, and they managed to get out OK.
The incensed father was taken off to a local hospital where he was evaluated. Once he gets out there is a first degree wanton endangerment waiting for him.
However, before we all start jumping to conclusions, this is just the Sheriff's Department's first impression of what happened.
They added: "Charges in a criminal complaint are accusations only. It is the government's burden to prove the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt."
That's worth remembering in all cases, not just this one.