Here's an example of very good work by police...
remember that public safety officials are almost always the first line of help, however unfortunate that is, for people in distress. Police carry out numerous welfare checks, searches for missing persons, transports of people in crisis to crisis centers...
A suicidal man surrendered to Portland police about 7 p.m. today after several hours of disruption and negotiation around Northeast 15th Avenue and Knott Street.
Police did not release a name, age or hometown for the man. He was taken for medical attention, said Sgt. Brian Schmautz, a Portland Police Bureau spokesman.
The man called a metro-area crisis line earlier in the day, threatening to kill himself or to harm his wife because their relationship was deteriorating, Schmautz said. The man also said he was coming to Portland from central Washington.
The crisis line alerted police and notified Legacy Emanuel Hospital & Medical Center, which the man mentioned as a destination. The hospital was locked down for several hours but reopened.
At 3:30 p.m. an officer spotted the car at Northeast Seventh Avenue and Weidler Street, then stopped it in the 1400 block of Knott.
The man's wife, who was driving, jumped out and ran to police. It was unclear whether she accompanied him willingly. The man sat in the car and held a handgun during the talks.
-- Elizabeth Suh
posted 5 years, 2 months ago
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