UPDATE #2 - Police Talking With Suicidal Man on the Vista Bridge

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October 30, 2013 23:10

  

At approximately 10:45 p.m., the man on the Vista Bridge came down and has been transported to a Portland hospital for a mental health evaluation.

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The man on the ledge of the Vista Bridge remains on the bridge this evening after more than 5 hours of crisis negotiation by Portland Police officers.

Negotiators worked with mental health workers, spoke with the man's out-of-state family, and worked with Portland Fire & Rescue to come up with a safe plan to get the man off the bridge.

At approximately 4:00 p.m., the police response at the scene was reduced and traffic was reopened. The man has been given instructions on how to safely come off the bridge but at this time remains in one of the concrete benches, outside the protective fence but inside the railing. Officers are nearby and are periodically checking on the man who continues to refuse to come off the bridge.

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

The Police Bureau has produced a new suicide prevention video http://youtu.be/_1uz3cs-HdA

If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thought or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please consider the following options:

The Multnomah County Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day at (503) 988-4888.

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

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. Call (503) 963-2575.

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This morning, Wednesday October 30, 2013 at 9:58 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the Vista Bridge on the report of a man outside the protective fence sitting on the bridge railing.

Officers are attempting to talk with the man, a male adult.

Southwest Vista Avenue is closed to all traffic from Salmon Street to beyond the South side of the bridge.

Crisis Negotiators and a limited contingent of the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) are at the scene.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

Media can stage at Southwest Salmon Street but will not have a view of the bridge. PIO is at the scene.

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