Sheriff: Woman barricades herself in home with child and sledgehammer

Deputies used a TASER to take the woman down when she refused to drop the heavy hammer.

Posted: Feb 11, 2020 10:39 AM
Updated: Feb 11, 2020 10:43 AM

GLENDALE, Ore. — Deputies arrested a sledgehammer-wielding Douglas County woman after she barricaded herself in a room with a 5-year-old child, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Officers responded shortly before noon on Saturday to the 800-block of Willis Avenue in Glendale. At the scene, the deputies found out that 34-year-old Naomi Hope Ellis was in her bedroom with the 5-year-old.

"The child could be heard screaming for help, so deputies forced their way through a barricaded door into the bedroom," the Sheriff's Office said.

Inside, deputies say they saw Ellis holding the child with one hand, with the hammer held aloft over the child's head with her other hand. Ellis refused to put the hammer down, the Sheriff's Office said, so deputies rushed in to overpower her.

When Ellis continued to resist, the Sheriff's Office says that the officers used a TASER. They then safely took the child away and arrested Ellis.

Ellis was lodged in the Josephine County Jail on two counts of Menacing, one count Resisting Arrest, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Harassment, Disorderly Conduct II, and Reckless Endangering.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says that the child was not hurt during the struggle.

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