Deputy arrests 'very intoxicated' man armed with rifle in Aurora

AURORA, Ore. – An Aurora man who called 911 to report a suspicious vehicle outside his home ended up in jail after he allegedly pointed a rifle at a Marion County sheriff’s deputy who responded to investigate.

Kerry F. Zacher, 64, called 911 at around 8:30 p.m. Sunday complaining about a suspicious vehicle outside his house in the 12000 block of Donald Road, according to sheriff's office spokesman Don Thomson.

Zacher was drunk and refused to give the 911 call-taker necessary information, Thomson said. Zacher told the call-taker that he was going to get his rifle and “take care of that car.”

Deputy Matt Hagan arrived outside the home and found a Jeep that had run out of gas. Minutes later, the driver returned with a gas can, started the Jeep and drove away.

That’s when Zacher came out of his house with a Soviet SKS semi-automatic rifle and pointed it at Deputy Hagan, Thomson said.

Zacher was clearly drunk, according to Hagan.

He refused to lower the gun for several minutes, until Hagan convinced him to drop the rifle. No shots were fired.

Hagan arrested Zacher and took him to the Marion County Jail. He faces charges of unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and interfering with an officer.

Zacher’s rifle was taken for evidence, Thomson said.