Boy gives up after firing rifle rounds

Incident sparked by argument with grandmother, police say

A rural Central Point teenager was taken into custody Monday afternoon after firing several rifle shots in and around his residence after an argument there with his grandmother, authorities said.

No one was hurt in the 2 p.m. incident at the residence in the 4200 block of Tioga Way, which ended when the 15-year-old suspect rode his bicycle into a group of Jackson County sheriff's deputies discussing how best to tactically enter the property, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

The boy surrendered peacefully and told deputies he was headed to a local store for a soda, sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said.

He was detained but not arrested and later released to the custody of another family member, Carlson said. His case will be forwarded to Jackson County juvenile authorities for consideration, she said.

During the course of his argument with his live-in grandmother, the boy grabbed a .22-caliber rifle and fired a yet-undetermined number of rounds randomly inside and outside the residence but not at anyone specifically, Carlson said.

During the argument, family members alerted deputies, Carlson said. Deputies sought the department's armored vehicle, dubbed Bearcat, but it returned to the station after the boy's surrender.

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