PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU NEWS RELEASE
Portland Police Bureau Two-Week Summary of Mental Health Calls
Posted: Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:26:16 PST
The Portland Police Bureau continues to respond to a number of calls for service related to people struggling in a mental health crisis. This summary is a sampling of some of the types of calls officers respond to on a daily basis.
The Portland Police Bureau wants you to know that help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts.
Suicide is preventable.
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.
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.
Lines for Life is available 24 hours a day at (503) 972-3456. [Eds note: the Multnomah Crisis Hotline provides the same service with local professionals at 503-988-4888]
On October 25, 2012, Portland Police officers assigned to North Precinct responded to a residence in the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood on the report of a person who stabbed himself in the stomach.
Officers met the 50-year-old man in front of his house and found him to be suffering from a non-life-threatening stab wound. Medical personnel transported him to a Portland hospital for treatment. The man was reportedly upset over a recent divorce.
On October 26, East Precinct officers responded to the report of a suicidal person in the Lents neighborhood. Officers learned that the man previously attempted “suicide-by-cop” by pointing an unloaded rifle at police officers and he was upset with police for not preventing his brother’s suicide four years ago.
Officers determined that police contact with the man would likely escalate the situation so Project Respond was notified to conduct a follow-up call with the man at a later time.
On October 27, Central Precinct officers responded to a residence in the Brooklyn neighborhood on the report of a suicidal man armed with a knife. Officers learned that the man was alone in a garage and they attempted to use a PA system to loud hail the man out of the garage.
Eventually the man came out and was taken into protective custody and transported to a Portland hospital.
On October 29, North Precinct officers responded to a residence in Northeast Portland’s Concordia neighborhood on the report of a person suffering a mental health crisis. Officers consulted with Project Respond and determined that the person should be taken into protective custody. Officers were able to transport the person to a hospital without incident.
Also on October 29, Central Precinct officers responded to the Waverleigh Golf Club in Southeast Portland’s Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood on the report of a man near the clubhouse yelling at golfers and waving a Leatherman Tool/Knife around.
Officers arrived and after a lengthy conversation, were able to convince the man to drop the knife and allow officers to take him into protective custody for transport to a Portland hospital.
On October 30, East Precinct officers responded to a residence in Southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood on the report of a 34-year-old man who just shot himself in the head.
Medical personnel arrived and immediately began CPR to no avail. Officers recovered a firearm from the scene. At home were the man’s wife and two daughters.
On November 2, North Precinct officers responded to a residence in North Portland’s Boise neighborhood on the report of an assault. Officers arrived and found a woman lying next to a wheelchair who had been assaulted. The suspect, also a woman, was at the scene and was taken into custody without incident.
Officers learned that the victim in the wheelchair was beaten by the other woman with a baseball bat after a dispute. Additionally, officers learned that the suspect was suffering from a mental health crisis.
The 42-year-old suspect was arrested for Assault in the Second Degree.
On November 4, Central Precinct officers responded to an apartment in Downtown Portland on the report of an aggressive, naked man in the hallway of the apartment building.
Officers learned that the 44-year-old man might be suffering from a mental health crisis but did not have any kind of caseworker. Officers made contact with the man but he was completely non-responsive to officer’s questions. Officers took the man into protective custody and transported him to a Portland hospital.
On November 5, Central Precinct officers responded to the Morrison Bridge after a report that a 28-year-old man jumped from the bridge into the Willamette River.
The man was pulled from the river by firefighters with Portland Fire & Rescue who attempted CPR to no avail. Officers learned that the man had a history of suicide attempts.
On November 7, Central Precinct officers responded to the Vista Bridge in Southwest Portland on the report of a man sitting on the rail, high above Southwest Jefferson Street. The man was reportedly distraught, yelling at people and walking in and out of traffic.
Officers contacted the man who was ranting about wanting to die and that he had written his obituary. The man patted one of the concrete posts of the bridge calling it his tombstone, and yelled for officers to shoot him.
While officers were trying to talk to him, he moved from straddling the railing, to completely outside the railing, and was eventually talked back inside the railing.
Eventually, the subject moved to the sidewalk, grabbed a backpack, and lunged toward officers. The man was Tased with one cycle, and taken into custody without further incident. Medical personnel transported the man to a Portland hospital for a mental health evaluation.
East Precinct officers responded to the report of a man overdosing on pills and alcohol. Officers responded to the residence in the Centennial neighborhood with medical personnel and located a 38-year-old uncooperative male. Officers were able to convince the man to go to the hospital.
East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood of Southeast Portland on the report of a 7-year-old out of control running around a parking lot. Officers were able to track down the child and get him transported to a Portland hospital.
On November 11, East Precinct officers responded to a residence Southeast Portland’s Foster-Powell Neighborhood on the report of confused 31-year-old man demanding to remove a child from a residence. The caller reported that there was no child at the residence and nobody at the residence knew the man.
Officers arrived at the location and began to give the man commands and escorted him to the curbside, where he refused to sit down, displayed extreme paranoia and constant hyperactive motor activity. Officers attempted to take him into protective custody as they felt he was unpredictable and was exhibiting characteristics consistent with methamphetamine psychosis.
The man resisted officers physically and began to swing punches at officers. Additional cover units were requested and officers used pepper spray as well as multiple Taser cycles to get the man into custody. Once handcuffed, the man continued to kick and attempt to fight while being verbally aggressive.
The man was treated by medical personnel at the scene then taken to a Portland hospital where he was cited for multiple misdemeanor crimes, including Attempted Assault on a Public Safety Officer. Three officers suffered minor injuries during the arrest.
On November 14, North Precinct officers responded to a residence in Northeast Portland’s Parkrose neighborhood on the report of a 17-year-old male threatening to kill himself.
Officers arrived and talked to a parent outside the residence and learned that the young man was now alone in the house with the knife. Officers were able to convince the young man to put the knife down and come outside the residence where he cooperated and was transported to a Portland hospital for a mental health evaluation.
East Precinct officers responded to residence in Southeast Portland’s Pleasant Valley neighborhood on the report of a man who locked himself in a bathroom and had taken more than three dozen anti-depressants after a domestic violence incident. After safely removing the man’s spouse from the residence, officers contacted the man again who came out of the bathroom and was taken into custody, but struggled with officers until strapped to a gurney and transported to an area hospital for treatment.
On November 16, North Precinct officers responded to Northeast 12th Avenue and Lloyd Boulevard on the report of a disturbance in a vehicle.
Officers arrived and spoke to a woman who was transporting her father to the hospital for treatment but he began to get violent in the car and was trying to strangle her. The woman told police that her father is bi-polar. Officers spoke with the man who told police that he attacked his daughter in hopes of creating a crash. Officers called for medical personnel to transport the man to the hospital.
On November 17, North Precinct officers responded to a residence in St. Johns on the report of a 13-year-old boy who was threatening his family with a large knife and had destroying parts of the home.
Officers arrived and spoke to the young man’s mother, who received a phone call from her son while she talked to police. She was able to convince him to come outside and go to the hospital.
East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the Montavilla neighborhood on the report of a woman throwing things at people out of her apartment window. Officers began a conversation with the woman and got her calmed down to the point that she agreed to come outside and go to the hospital. The woman was placed into protective custody without incident and taken to a Portland hospital.