Man engages in standoff with law enforcement
A Chaffee area man was arrested Tuesday evening after being in a standoff with law enforcement.
The Scott County Sheriff’s Office says the event began just after 9:00 p.m. when deputies were dispatched to a domestic violence assault call.
Three family members of 53-year-old Kenneth Eugene Cummins, Sr. said that Cummins hit one of them in the face several times with his fists. Cummins then allegedly went to the bedroom, got a semi-automatic pistol, confronted the same family member, pointed the gun at them and pulled the trigger. The gun did not fire.
The victim and the two other family members left the home. A short time later, two of the family members returned. They said when they arrived, Cummins fired shots into the air and ordered them to leave. That is when the family called the sheriff’s office.
When deputies arrived, they determined that Cummins had secured the home and was prepared for a confrontation with law enforcement. Additional law enforcement was called to the scene.
Traffic on State Highway 77 was diverted and the Burlington Northern Railroad was notified to stop traffic near the home.
The standoff ended just before 11:30 p.m. with the help of a family member. Cummins surrendered and was taken to Scott County Jail.
Officers searched the home and found multiple firearms placed around the house. Near the front door, a loaded AR-15 semi-automatic rifle was found with four additional loaded magazines.
Cummins has been charged with Domestic Assault, Armed Criminal Action, and Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia. He remains in Scott County Jail. Bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety.