Michael Johnson ran into Good Samaritan Medical Center early on Nov. 6, telling security to call 911 because an armed man was outside.
Johnson, 51, who had bipolar disorder, essentially had orchestrated a Portland police response to himself at 5:38 a.m., according to grand jury transcripts released Tuesday afternoon.
For approximately the next hour and 37 minutes, Johnson paced in an open-air parking lot across from the hospital on Northwest 22nd Avenue, holding a .38-caliber revolver in his hand. He alternated between holding the gun against his face, up in the air or toward the ground.
A patrol officer, a crisis intervention officer and Officer Chris Burley, a member of the bureau’s hostage negotiation team, all attempted to talk to him as police shut down surrounding streets to motorists and pedestrians. Officers were able to learn Johnson’s name but not much else.
Burley stood in the parking garage of the medical building across the street, popping his face over a wall to shout out to Johnson. He told Johnson they were there to help, but Johnson plugged his ears with his fingers and didn’t respond, according to police testimony.