Armed standoff near Sherwood ends without violence
A couple with Newberg ties were arrested early Thursday morning after an armed standoff at a home outside of Sherwood.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office says an armed man, John E. Kerekanich, 68, confronted deputies who were trying to arrest his wife for driving under the influence of intoxicants.
He and his wife, Meri E. Kerekanich, 58, later were arrested on multiple charges.
The incident began around 11:44 p.m. Wednesday when deputies received a complaint about a suspected drunken driver. Deputies went to a residence in the 23600 block of Southwest Mountain Home Road near Sherwood and attempted to take Meri Kerekanich into custody. Deputies say she resisted arrest, at which point John Kerekanich allegedly armed himself with a gun and threatened to shoot deputies.
Deputies called for assistance from the inter-agency Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team.
Over the next several hours, deputies and negotiators from the Washington County Crisis Negotiations Unit spoke with the couple to arrange a peaceful resolution.
John Kerekanich, who is owner of the Newberg Ford dealership, surrendered at 2:49 a.m. Thursday and was taken into custody. He will be charged with unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and interfering with a peace officer.
Deputies obtained a search warrant for the residence just before 5 a.m. Meri Kerekanich surrendered without further incident. She will be charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, resisting arrest and escape in the third degree.
Deputies recovered the gun used in the incident. No one was injured.
Also assisting in arrests were the Sherwood Police Department, Tigard Police Department and the King City Police Department.