November 25, 2019 17:37
A man threatening others with knives was taken into custody after prompting a lockdown of the Oregon State office building in Portland.
On Monday, November 25, 2019 at 3:15 p.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a disturbance with a weapon at the Oregon state office building, 800 NE Oregon St.
When officers arrived, they encountered the man and tried to convince him to drop the knife. He produced another knife and began swinging and pointing both knives in the direction of the officers. The building was placed into lockdown during the confrontation.
Officers recognized that the man was in crisis, and Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT) officers attempted to de-escalate the dangerous situation. The man refused to drop the knives and continued yelling and threatening the officers. At one point during the communication, less-than-lethal (dense foam) rounds were deployed at the man, but had no effect. After almost 20 minutes, the officers convinced the man to put down the knives (photo). He was taken into custody and transported to a hospital for a mental health evaluation. No one was injured.
Caleb D. Lee, 35, was issued a citation in lieu of custody. He is being charged with Menacing and Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree.
The Police Bureau has volunteer officers from a variety of patrol assignments on the Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT). These officers are the first responders dispatched by 9-1-1 to crisis calls that are determined to be related to an individual with mental illness. ECIT officers receive additional training in order to; identify risks during a behavioral crisis, utilize crisis communication techniques to help deescalate a person in crisis, and have knowledge of available community resources.
Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts.
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 http://portlandoregon.gov/police/bhu
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