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Teen involved in shooting outside Bay County Juvenile Center had troubled past

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HAMPTON TOWNSHIP (WJRT) - (08/29/14) - We are learning new details about the teenager who was involved in Thursday's shooting outside a Bay County juvenile home.

Police say 16-year-old Vincent Derocco was being transported from Huron County to the juvenile center in Hampton Township, Thursday afternoon. At some point, he slipped out of his handcuffs and grabbed Sebewaing officer Ward Carter's gun.

After a struggle, Carter was shot in his right hand.

Derocco then shot himself. He died Thursday night.

Court records show Derocco was in a Bad Axe court Wednesday for a probation violation. In that court hearing, Derocco admitted he overdosed on pills about three weeks ago in an attempt to end his life. It's not clear if officer Carter knew about that suicide attempt.

Court papers show Derocco had a troubled past.

His record includes a criminal conviction in juvenile court in 2012, when he was 14. Earlier this week, he appeared before Huron County Probate Court Judge David Clabuesch for a curfew violation.

The judge allowed him to stay with his mom at their Sebewaing home, as long as he promised not to hurt himself, but at some point, he violated his probation again. That's when authorities sent Derocco to the juvenile center, where he shot himself with a Sebewaing police officer's weapon.

Officer Ward Carter is also a Huron County Sheriff Deputy. He was shot in the right hand during the scuffle with Derocco.

"Ward is doing good, he was released from the hospital somewhere around 10 o'clock last night, he had surgery scheduled for sometime this week," said Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson.

Hanson says any officer transporting an inmate has information on why the person is in custody, but Hanson is not sure if Carter knew of Derocco's recent suicide attempt.

"Everybody is pretty good when we get these orders to do transports as to filling us in with as much information as they can so we can decide the best way, or make the decision on how we are going to do the transport, whether it's going to be with one deputy or two," he said.

The investigation into the shooting incident is now being conducted by the Bay County Sheriff's Department.

"We have a lot of information on tape, there is a security system at the juvenile center, but a lot of it we can't see because it's blocked by the police vehicle," said John Miller, Bay County sheriff.

It's not clear when the investigation will be done and when Officer Carter will be able to return to work.

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