Police stop altercation involving gun, Eastern student

A social worker and two interns, including an Eastern student, were conducting a home visit in Boyle County when an altercation broke out Wednesday Feb. 27.

The social worker and interns attempted to leave the home of Shirley Coffman, 47, and James Wesley Coffman, 59, but got their van stuck while turning around.

“When they couldn’t get the van to leave they called 911, and that’s what got our unit responding,” Boyle County Sheriff Marty Elliott said.

Elliott said when State Police arrived in an armored vehicle one man came out of the house and pointed a gun at officers but officers didn’t shoot.

“My deputies used restraint because of their training and that they understood that it’s a different matter if the man started shooting at them,” Elliott said.

Police filled the house full of tear gas to get both men to come out of the house.

The men were taken into police custody and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and third-degree terroristic threatening. No one was hurt during the incident.

Elliott said his officers have responded to calls at the Coffman’s home in the past and said he thinks the incident didn’t end in a gunfight because the two men in the house weren’t mentally able to reason rationally.