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Arrest made after shots fired


HALF MOUNTAIN – A Magoffin County man was arrested on Tuesday morning in reference to a shots-fired complaint.

According to the arrest warrant, Magoffin County Sheriff Department Deputy Jonathan Holbrook was called to Half Mountain in reference to a shots-fired complaint at approximately 6:38 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4.

Witnesses told police that Joshua Standifer, 21, of H.B Arnett Drive on Rt. 7, had taken his grandfather’s pistol and shot a hole in his grandparent’s roof, as well as fired shots outside the residence. Reportedly, there was a juvenile asleep inside the home when Standifer allegedly shot through the roof.

His mother also told law enforcement she met Standifer on the road and after the two argued, he pointed a gun at her and asked her if she wanted to die, according to the warrant.

Standifer allegedly also made threats to kill himself before going up Half Mountain with the firearm, presumably going up on the nearby strip job. 

Standifer was convicted of a felony from a 2017 case, where he was accused of assaulting someone with a baseball bat.

He was arrested later that morning by Magoffin County Sheriff Department Detective Neil Adams and at press time is being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, charged with the following: theft by unlawful taking (firearm), possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and first-degree wanton endangerment.

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


Heather Oney

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