HARRODSBURG — A Harrodsburg man was arrested Sunday afternoon after he allegedly obtained an AK-47 assault rifle and engaged in a 40-minute standoff with three law enforcement agencies.
Phillip A. Norris, 51, of 111 Hycliff St. brandished the assault rifle after neighbors took away a handgun from him during an initial altercation with another neighbor, Harrodsburg police said.
Immediately after the handgun was forcibly taken from Norris’ possession, his neighbors locked the pistol in a nearby pickup truck.
Police said Norris then went into his home and obtained the AK-47.
Harrodsburg police along with officers from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department and Kentucky State Police arrived at the scene and engaged in the standoff. Norris was arrested after he tried to escape his residence through his back yard.
Inside the residence, police found more firearms, including a Russian semi-automatic rifle, a Colt .45 caliber pistol, a Remington .22 caliber rifle, a Remington 20-gauge shotgun and a Herrington Richardson 12-gauge shotgun.
Norris was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, resisting arrest and alcohol intoxication. He remained in the Boyle County Detention Center this morning without bond.
Lt. Detective Garry Bradshaw with the Harrodsburg Police Department is the investigating officer.