A 55-year-old man, Curtis Zimmerman, allegedly flipped out after losing multiple arm-wrestling matches against his underage son in a bizarre incident that involved a physical fight, gunshots and a stand-off with Kentucky police on Monday.
“Zimmerman was intoxicated and challenged his juvenile son to an arm-wrestling contest,” the Boone County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
Authorities say Zimmerman lost “multiple times” to the boy, which made him upset and led to a physical fight.
The father grabbed a gun and fired two shots while his son was fleeing upstairs, police said.
“Zimmerman stated that he fired the shots into the ceiling,” the sheriff’s office said.
When the police were called at 1:00am they were soon found in a standoff with the suspect. The boy and another family member had already left the home when authorities arrived.
The suspect refused to leave the house, touching off an eight-hour standoff with sheriff’s deputies and SWAT teams.
A hostage negotiator convinced the suspect to surrender at about 8:25 a.m., police said.
No one was injured in the ordeal.