911 caller jailed for pointing rifle at deputy

911 caller jailed for pointing rifle at deputy

911 caller jailed for pointing rifle at deputy

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on December 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM

AURORA, Ore. -- A man who called 911 to report a suspicious vehicle outside his home Sunday evening was arrested for pointing a semi-automatic rifle at an arriving deputy, police said.

Kerry F. Zacher, 64, called police just after 8 p.m. to report that a Jeep had stopped in front of his home, on Donald Road NE in Aurora, and he wanted it removed immediately, according to Don Thomson of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

A deputy arrived at the scene and located the Jeep, which had run out of gas. Within minutes the driver returned with a gas can, filled up the vehicle and left, Thompson said.

"Just as that was happening, Mr. Zacher emerged from his house pointing a Soviet SKS 7.62mm semi-automatic rifle at the deputy," Thomson said. "During a standoff that lasted several minutes, Zacher failed to follow commands to drop the rifle and show his hands."

The deputy could see that Zacher was intoxicated, but was eventually able to convince him to drop the rifle, Thomson said.

Zacher was jailed for unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and interfering with an officer. His rifle was seized as evidence.

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