A 16-year-old Baker City boy who barricaded himself in a bedroom and urged police to shoot him was taken into custody and transported to a juvenile center at The Dalles unharmed after negotiators persuaded him to surrender.
Baker City Police and Baker County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 2900 block of Baker Street at 12:32 p.m. Sunday, Sgt. Mike Regan stated in a press release.
While en route to the address, responding officers learned that the suspect was armed with a butcher knife and was destroying the interior of the home, Regan said.
The suspect was identified as a 16-year-old boy. He was described as 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing about 225 pounds.
He is being held on charges of first-degree criminal mischief and the District Attorney’s office will request that the boy remain in the detention center at his court hearing at 3:45 p.m. today until “we can figure out what’s going on with him,” said Staci Erikson, Baker County Juvenile Department director.
Regan said he called the New Directions Northwest Mobile Crisis Team because of numerous statements in which the boy asked police to kill him. The team responded and worked with officers in an attempt to end the incident peacefully, Regan said.
Officer Shannon Regan, a certified crisis negotiator, also responded to the scene and eventually took over communications with the boy. She talked with him for more than 40 minutes until he voluntarily surrendered to police, the press release stated.
“Due to the collaborative efforts of everyone who responded, this incident was resolved peacefully and shows the high quality of law enforcement officers in Baker County,” Sgt. Mike Regan stated in the press release.
Damage to the home and property was estimated at between $2,000 and $3,000.