Sheriff: Douglas County teen arrested after getting upset with mother, firing gun inside home

The 17-year-old 'became upset with his mother over his cell phone' and started attacking her, the Sheriff's Office said.

Posted: Feb 14, 2020 11:40 AM

WINCHESTER BAY, Ore. — A teenager in the coastal Oregon town of Winchester Bay was arrested on Thursday after repeatedly firing a semi-automatic rifle in his family's home, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies headed to the 73000-block of Highway 101 shortly after 9 p.m. after getting a report that a 17-year-old boy was "shooting a gun inside a home following a disturbance."

After arriving at the home, officers from multiple agencies took the teen into custody just before 10 p.m. without any issues.

An investigation of the incident found that the teen had gotten upset with his mother "over his cell phone," the Sheriff's Office said. He then tried to attack his mother, but was stopped when his father intervened.

"Following the assault, the teen retrieved an AR-15 rifle and began to fire it multiple times inside the home causing a significant amount of damage," the Sheriff's Office said. "At one point, he pointed the firearm at his father, but did not fire it."

No one was injured during the struggle and gunfire, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The teen was taken to the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Facility and faces charges for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Pointing a Firearm at Another, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, two counts of Menacing, and Assault in the Fourth Degree.

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