Mar 14, 2013 3:55 PM
Two brothers arrested after a standoff in Boyle County last month have had their charges reduced.
The standoff happened on February 27 after two social workers made a routine call on one of the men in a house, and the other pulled out a gun.
Police say two Boyle County social services workers went to the home, located on Forkland Road in Junction City, to check on the welfare of two brothers who live in the home. Apparently one of the brothers is known to the community as a "shut in," and LEX 18 was told the other brother was in some kind of minor bike accident on Monday.
The county workers were in the home and told police that one brother grabbed a firearm and said something threatening enough to lead the county workers to leave and call deputies.
Deputies arrived and saw one brother with a weapon. They say he refused to put down the gun and come out to talk.
Police negotiated for several hours, and at about 3:30 p.m., police shot pepper spray into the home. That forced both brothers out of the home. Shirley Coffman, 47, and James Wesley Coffman, 59, were both arrested and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and third-degree terroristic threatening.
The charges against both men were reduced from first-degree to second-degree wanton endangerment Thursday. The third-degree terroristic threatening charges also remained.