32-Year-Old Suicidal Male Safely Taken Into Custody in Southeast Portland's Hazelwood Neighborhood

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August 04, 2014 05:55

  

This morning, Monday August 4, 2014, at 5:17 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of Southeast 106th Avenue on the report of a 32-year-old male holding a rifle to his head.

Multiple officers, including officers assigned to the Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT), responded to the area. As officers were arriving, the reporting party told 9-1-1 that the subject was outside the residence firing the rifle. Several officers heard the shots fired as they arrived in the area.

Based on the initial information and officers observations, the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) were activated.

Within minutes, the subject threw the rifle and officers were able to communicate with him and get him to comply with commands to lay down on the ground where he was safely taken into custody. SERT and CNT response was canceled.

Officers have located evidence of gunfire but have not located any injured parties as a result of this incident.

The suicidal subject has been taken to a Portland hospital for treatment and the investigation is continuing into the incident.

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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