Officers Safely Arrest Suicidal Subject Armed with Knife Blocking Loaded Street Car

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November 19, 2019 18:23


On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at 11:32 a.m., Central Precinct Officers responded to a report of a female in crisis holding a large knife to her hands and stomach area while blocking a fully loaded street car near Northwest 11 Avenue, South of Northwest Everett Street.

Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team and Behavioral Health Unit Officers Responded to assist with the call. Officers attempted communication, but the woman was non-verbal during the encounter. Officers recognized the involved woman as someone who had recently made threats to kill PPB officers and had recently attempted to purchase a shotgun, but was denied.

During the incident, the woman began walking Northbound toward a restaurant, which was full of lunch patrons. Officers had already requested for the restaurant to lock the entry doors.
Officers developed a plan and were able to distract, disarm, and arrest the woman. She offered no resistance and no force was used. The knife was recovered and a second survival knife was located in a sheath on her person.

The woman was transported on a medical hold to an area hospital. She is not being charged with a crime at this time, therefore, she is not being identified.

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 is in mental health crisis please visit Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare's Urgent Walk-In Clinic. The clinic is located at 4212 SE Division and is open from 7am to 10:30pm, 7 days a week. Services are free and available to individuals of all ages.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Information about the Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) and additional resources can be found by visiting



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