Portland Police Investigate Multiple Suicides Last Weekend

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May 15, 2013 13:40

  

The Portland Police Bureau investigated four incidents of suicide from May 11 to May 13, 2013, and wants to remind the community that suicide is preventable and help is available.

On Saturday May 11, 2013, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Northwest Broadway, between Hoyt and Irving Streets, on the report of a male that jumped from the eighth floor of the Bud Clark Commons, located at 655 Northwest Hoyt Street.

Portland Police and Portland Fire & Rescue personnel arrived and determined that the 42-year-old man was deceased. Witnesses confirmed that he man jumped from the eighth floor of the Bud Clark Commons.

Officers learned that the man was from Aberdeen, Washington and had recently left a long-term drug treatment program.

On Sunday May 12, 2013, at approximately 9:00 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 4700 block of Southeast 71st Avenue on the report of a suicide by hanging.

Portland Police and Portland Fire & Rescue personnel arrived and determined that the 39-year-old man was deceased.

Officers learned that the man and his partner both lived at the home with their six-year-old son. The deceased's partner told police that they had an argument the night before so she went to bed and he went to the basement. She told police that she discovered him deceased this morning in the basement. Officers also learned that the man struggled with mental health issues throughout his life.

Also on Sunday May 12, 2013, at approximately 9:00 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 1500 block of Southeast 150th Avenue on the report of a suicide by hanging.

Portland Police and Portland Fire & Rescue personnel responded and determined that the 24-year-old male was deceased.

Officers learned that the man was out with his mother the night before but both returned home and nothing seemed to be bothering the deceased. Officers located a suicide note in the man's bedroom, which was turned over to the Oregon State Medical Examiner.

On Monday May 13, 2013, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a deceased male on Southwest Jefferson Street below the Vista Bridge.

Portland Police and Portland Fire & Rescue personnel arrived and determined that the 40-year-old man was deceased and that his injuries were consistent with a jump from the Vista Bridge.

Officers located personal effects belonging to the man on a bench near the Vista Bridge on Southwest Vista Avenue.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts.

Suicide is preventable.

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call (503) 963-2575.

Lines for Life is available 24 hours a day at (503) 972-3456.

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