Community reacts to arrest of local legend "Biff" Sumner
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local business owner, gun enthusiast and reality TV star was arrested Tuesday after police say he pointed a gun at an officer. But now many in the community are defending his character.
WDRB found Winfred "Biff" Sumner at his motel Friday afternoon to try and get his side of the story.
He kindly declined comment, but what's interesting is even after all this bad publicity, those who know him have nothing bad to say.
Drive the 13000 block of Dixie Highway and you'll see several signs with "Biff" on them.
That's because Biff Sumner owns several businesses there, including Biff's Motel and Biff's Gun World.
"He's been around for a long time, always seemed to be a pretty good person," an anonymous acquaintance told WDRB.
People in the area say Biff is a bit of a local legend.
Maybe it's because he's the leading man on CMT's reality show "Guntucky." Or maybe it's because he's called Valley Station home for dozens of years.
Either way, Biff got himself into some trouble Tuesday night.
According to reports, the 77-year-old got upset because an officer was conducting an investigation at his motel.
That's when police say Sumner pulled a gun from his pocket and aimed it at the uniformed officer.
Sumner was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment and alcohol intoxication in a public place.
"I think it's a shame. I mean, he lost it. I know he's getting kind of old. Like I said, I don't know what happened or what triggered it," said the acquaintance, who said he's bought guns from Biff before and was surprised to hear about his arrest.
"Don't judge him over this because like I say, I've been in Valley Station a long time and he's been a businessman for a long time and nothing like this has ever happened."
Many of the comments on our WDRB News Facebook page are also in defense of Sumner.
"Now don't judge so quickly. Mr. Sumner and his family has donated thousands of dollars over the years to local schools and community functions. As long as no one was injured just don't judge," wrote Mary Ann Adkins.
Some say Biff is just lucky police didn't act in self defense when he showed them his gun.
"All these cops in Valley Station. They know him too. They know he's not crazy and he's not going to shoot anybody but yea, he's lucky he didn't get killed," the acquaintance said.
Sumner was jailed and bonded out for $25,000 cash.
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