Gervais Man Hospitalized, Facing Charges after Four-Hour Standoff with Police and SWAT

A Gervais man is facing charges after a lengthy standoff with Gervais police and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team Saturday night. Investigators say the incident began when the suspect, 41-year-old Jacob Zellner, allegedly punched his sister, 35-year-old Stephanie Jones, also of Gervais. Jones called the police.

When deputies arrived shortly after 7 p.m., they found Zellner alone and barricaded inside of a home on 7th Street. Marion County SWAT negotiators — who were called in after several failed attempts to make contact with Zellner — attempted to de-escalate the situation.

After a nearly four-hour standoff, deputies forced their way into the home, deploying what police later described as “less lethal munitions” and a K9 officer to apprehend the suspect. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No law enforcement officers were injured during the standoff.

Upon release from the hospital, Zellner will be transported to the Marion County Jail on charges of menacing, fourth-degree assault aggravated harassment.

The investigation is ongoing.

This file photo of the Marion County SWAT team is from an earlier, unrelated incident.

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