Durham man, armed with loaded weapons, arrested after standoff with law enforcement

The Hillsboro Police Department recently assisted the Marion County Sheriff’s Department in apprehending a suspect who is alleged to have threatened to kill a Hillsboro woman.

Last Friday afternoon, Lon D. Kerbs, 57, of rural Durham, was reportedly drunk and traveling to Hillsboro, where he had threatened to kill Karen Sklenar, 58, a Hillsboro resident.

Assistant Chief Jessey Hiebert located the suspect’s vehicle at 302 W. Third, Lot No. 14.

Upon arriving at that location, Hiebert encountered the suspect, who was armed with a 30/30 high-powered rifle, as Kerbs was exiting his vehicle.

A standoff between Hiebert and Kerbs occurred when Hiebert attempted to get the suspect to surrender his weapon.

Hillsboro Police Chief Dan Kinning arrived on the scene, and the two officers continued to talk Kerbs about dropping the rifle.

The officers reported they were able to take the suspect into custody without incident. Hiebert secured the fully-loaded rifle and discovered a loaded semi-automatic pistol in the front seat of the suspect’s vehicle.

Kerbs was transported to the Marion County Jail. The victim reportedly was uninjured.

Marion County deputies Rollin Schmidt and Garry Klose were in charge of the department’s investigation.

Kerbs, charged with criminal threat and driving under the influence, was held on a $25,000 bond.

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