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Father asks police to speak with his son to end Marion standoff

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We are continuing to follow the Christmas Eve standoff situation in Marion.

The Turner County sheriff tells us the hostage, a 15-year-old and the suspect's own cousin,  has been released.

Police are now referring to the situation as a barricaded incident.

KSFY News spoke with the suspect's father, Monte Mandler, just a few hours ago.

Mandler tells us he was at work this morning when his wife called him and told him there was a SWAT team at his mother's house and they were there for his son, Jonathan.

Mandler said hearing from a loved one could end the situation. He's frustrated police haven't allowed him to talk to his son.

"I told them we could handle the situation now. And they're sitting there. I asked them, how long it took them to get the situation handled and they're still sitting here. All they need to do it let us go talk to him. That's all we need to do," Mandler said.

But police said they are the ones who are doing the talking.

Turner County Sheriff Byron Nogelmeier said "we're just trying to talk to him and calm him down and meet some of the demands that he wants. They're not big demands but it takes time to do it safely."

"Right now, we're just looking at negotiations, trying to get him to come out. Trying to do everything safe. It's not really going our way at this point but we hope with some time we can get him to come out of the house and take him into custody," Nogelmeier said.

Mandler admitted his son has been in trouble, but doesn't think he's violent. He just wants a chance to talk to his son.

"It's terrible, what can you do, it's your son," Mandler said.

Mandler says he hadn't spoken with his son for a couple weeks and has no idea what may be troubling his son.

Mandler told us the family was planning to gather at his mother's house on Christmas Eve tonight.

He said it was not unusual for his son Jonathan to drop by his grandmother's house for a visit.

Police are still on the scene Monday evening. The suspect has yet to emerge from the house.

We have a crew in Marion and we will continue to update you with the latest.

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