August 30, 2011 11:56Attachment: VIEW FILES
Portland Police officers have cleared the scene at Waterfront Park. At last check, the subject remained in the bathroom. Officers determined that the gun he dropped was a pellet gun. Officers were also able to learn his name and believe he is suffering from a mental health crisis. Several attempts to get him to come out were unsuccessful so officers have left the area and will contact him at a later date.
Waterfront Park and the Hawthorne Bridge are now open to regular traffic.
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This morning, Tuesday August 30, 2011, at 9:54 a.m., Portland Police officers from Central Precinct responded to Tom McCall Waterfront Park underneath the Hawthorne Bridge on the report that a man was armed with a handgun. Officers arrived in the area and attempted to make contact with the man but the he ran from the officers and barricaded himself in a bathroom directly under the West end of the Hawthorne Bridge. A handgun fell out of the man's pocket as he ran from officers.
At this point, the area around the bathroom is shut down to all traffic as officers are loud hailing the man to come out.
Watercraft from Portland Fire & Rescue and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office are nearby in case the man jumps into the Willamette River.
Traffic on the Hawthorne Bridge is affected: the outer westbound traffic lane and sidewalk is closed to all traffic at this time.
Media staging is at the Portland Rose Festival Headquarters and the PIO is enroute, ETA 15 minutes.
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Sgt. Pete Simpson