May 10, 2013 20:10Crisis negotiators were able to talk the 29-year-old man into coming out of the room and be taken into protective custody. He is now receiving mental health treatment.
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This afternoon, Friday May 10, 2013, at approximately 1:45 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the Portland VA Medical Center, located at 3710 Southwest Veterans Hospital Road, on the report of a man with a knife. The Veterans Administration Police Department was at the hospital requesting assistance.
Officers arrived and were able to contain the 29-year-old man who got rid of the knife but has barricaded himself into a small room in Building 2 of the VA Medical Center.
Crisis Negotiators are attempting to talk to the man who appears to be in a mental health crisis. The man is alone in the room. Four officers from the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) are responding to assist negotiators.
No traffic is impacted at this time. Updates will be provided when they become available.
PIO is not responding to the scene.
Sgt. Pete Simpson