Man’s Repeated Losses To Son In Arm-Wrestling Match Allegedly Led To Shooting, 8-Hour Standoff With SWAT Team

Curtis Zimmerman was so frustrated with his son beating him at the test of strength that he allegedly fired a gun into the ceiling, then refused authorities' request he leave the house.

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A Kentucky man’s repeated losses to his son while arm-wrestling allegedly led to a shooting and an eight-hour standoff with SWAT team members this week.

Curtis Zimmerman, 55, allegedly was drunk when he challenged his juvenile son to an arm-wrestling match Monday. After losing multiple times, Zimmerman allegedly became “agitated” and got in a physical fight with the boy, the Boone County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

The son was going up the stairs to his bedroom when Zimmerman allegedly grabbed a gun and fired twice. He allegedly told authorities he shot into the ceiling.

A SWAT team responded to the scene around 1 a.m., according to the release. They found that two family members had already fled the house, and they ordered Zimmerman to leave as well. He allegedly refused, leading to a standoff.

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The Boone County Hostage Negotiation Team spoke with Zimmerman throughout the morning. They negotiated his surrender at 8:25 a.m., more than eight hours after authorities were first called. He was escorted to a hospital in Florence, Kentucky to be evaluated while deputies obtained an arrest warrant, according to the release.

Zimmerman was released from the hospital and booked at the Boone County Jail on Wednesday, according to an online inmate registry.

He has been charged with first-degree domestic assault, first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree unlawful imprisonment.

He is being held on a $250,000 cash bond, a representative at the Boone County Jail told Oxygen.com. It’s not clear whether he has an attorney who can comment on his behalf.

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