Central Precinct Officers Diffuse Potential Suicide on Sunday in Southwest Portland's Multnomah Neighborhood (Photo)

July 28, 2014 13:55


On Sunday July 27, 2014, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a residence in Southwest Portland's Multnomah Neighborhood on the report that a man as threatening to commit suicide using a firearm and/or a large knife.

Several officers arrived in the area, including officers assigned to the Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT).

The caller, the man's wife, was able to leave the home with their young daughter but their young son was still in the home.

ECIT officers began to communicate with the man by telephone and were able to de-escalate the situation and he agreed to surrender to police and go to the hospital.

Once the man was in custody, officers entered the home and found the child safe and sound and he was reunited with his mother.

The man's firearm was taken as safekeeping.

The Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) was notified for potential follow-up.

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

Suicide is preventable.

The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at (503) 988-4888.

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. 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.

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



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