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Sheriff: Additional charges for man who fired shots after losing arm-wrestling contest to son

Cincinnati Enquirer logo Cincinnati Enquirer 7/9/2020 Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati Enquirer
a man wearing a suit and tie: Curtis Zimmerman © Provided/Boone County Sheriff's Office Curtis Zimmerman

A man arrested Monday following an eight-hour SWAT standoff now faces additional charges, officials said.

Curtis Zimmerman, 55, was intoxicated when he fired two shots inside his home after losing an arm-wresting contest to his 16-year-old son, according to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Office. Zimmerman surrendered to authorities shortly before 8:30 a.m. Monday at his home on Clubtrail Drive, just outside Florence.

Zimmerman was initially charged with wanton endangerment. On Thursday, officials announced additional charges to be filed against Zimmerman in connection to the standoff: one count of unlawful imprisonment, three additional counts of wanton endangerment, domestic violence and attempted assault.

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During follow-up interviews with Zimmerman's family, detectives learned that the verbal argument between Zimmerman and his son had turned physical. The release states Zimmerman told his son: "Get upstairs and go to bed before I shoot you."

His son heard a gunshot and believed Zimmerman had shot and killed his mother, the release states. He locked himself in his bedroom closet and armed himself with a baseball bat.

The release states Zimmerman's wife was not injured and left the residence to call police.

Zimmerman then went upstairs where his son struck him with the baseball bat, the release states. For approximately 15 minutes, Zimmerman blocked his son from exiting the bedroom and aimed the handgun towards his son three times. 

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The release states Zimmerman ultimately left the bedroom and went downstairs, and the juvenile victim was able to leave the residence and meet deputies who had arrived on scene. 

When Zimmerman surrendered, he was taken to St. Elizabeth Florence Hospital, the release states.

Zimmerman was released from the hospital Wednesday evening and is currently being held at the Boone County Detention Center on a $105,000 bond, according to the release.

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