A family camping trip turned volatile Sunday at Marion Reservoir, but coordinated efforts by Marion County Sheriff Department, Hillsboro Police Department, and Hillsboro Ambulance personnel resulted in a positive resolution for an out-of-control juvenile.
A family from outside Marion County was camping at Hillsboro Cove when things started to get out of hand with their 15-year-old son.
“He, for whatever reason, started throwing items around their campsite into the water,” Marion County Sheriff Rob Craft said. “His mother was having trouble controlling him, and he became hostile and out-of-control.”
The juvenile barricaded himself in the restroom facility, and county and Hillsboro officers were dispatched to the scene, along with an ambulance from Hillsboro. Officers discovered the restroom door was locked.
“Rather than kick the door in, we called for the Corps of Engineers to come unlock it,” Craft said. A second door had to be forced open in order to reach the juvenile, who was still acting in a hostile manner.
Officers managed to control the juvenile and get him into the ambulance.
“He was subsequently taken in to St. Luke Hospital for psychological evaluation and medical attention,” Craft said.
Craft commended the manner in which the situation was handled by the responders.
“Nobody was injured in this incident. They were able to bring it to a peaceful conclusion to the benefit of the juvenile,” Craft said. “It turned out as well as it possibly could.”
Craft said the incident was a good example of collaboration among city and county law enforcement and emergency services when the need arises.
“We have really good rapport with all the departments here, and it shows that each department is willing to assist another at any time,” Craft said.