GRANTS PASS, OR -- A disturbance at a Southern Oregon juvenile facility led to a two-hour stand-off Sunday night. A young inmate allegedly assaulted another, then refused to comply with commands and things escalated when two others joined him. They pushed furniture against doors so officers couldn’t get inside, destroyed a common area and tried to break windows to access the control room.
Near the end of the stand-off one suspect threatened another with a sharp knife-like object. Grants Pass SWAT responded, using pepper balls to bring the kids into compliance, and police eventually forced their way in to take the suspects into custody. They say only the original assault victim was injured in the melee.
Officials say the facility is now unusable with thousands of dollars in damage, and all of the inmates were moved to other regional facilities.