Portland Police celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week by saving lives

Portland Police Respond to Multiple Mental Health Calls Including Two Suicides

Portland Police Bureau press release – 10/8/2012

The Portland Police Bureau continues to respond to a number of calls for service related to people struggling in a mental health crisis.

With this week being Mental Illness Awareness Week, 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.

On Thursday October 4, at 10:02 p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to Central Precinct responded to Northwest Couch Street and Broadway on the report of a woman jumping into traffic. Officers arrived and contacted the 36-year-old woman who told police she was trying to kill herself and that she’d just been released the previous day from a psychiatric hold.

Officers took the woman into protective custody and transported her to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.

At 10:19 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the mid-span of the Burnside Bridge on the report that paramedics saw a man jump off the bridge into the water.

Portland Fire & Rescue responded in a boat and fetched the man out of the water then transported him to dock next to the Hawthorne Bridge.

Medical personnel treated the 44-year-old man for non-life-threatening injuries and transported him to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.

On Friday October 5, at 8:00 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 2900 block of Southeast Washington Street on the report that a 49-year-old man was spraying water on a neighboring residence and that he was acting like he was on drugs or in a mental health crisis.

Officers arrived and made contact with the man who seemed very agitated and possibly suffering from excited delirium. Officers requested medical personnel immediately respond as well as additional officers.

Officers were able to get the man into custody after a struggle in which the man was kicking at biting at the police.

Medical personnel transported the man to an area hospital for a mental health evaluation.

At 8:25 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 3000 block of Southeast 75th Avenue on a suicidal male. The 23-year-old male agreed voluntarily to go to Cascadia Walk-In clinic for help. Later, officers returned to transport him to a local hospital on a mental health hold.

At 10:15 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 9400 block of Northeast Schuyler Street on the report of a suicidal female who had overdosed on pills.

Officers arrived and spoke to the 39-year-old female who voluntarily agreed to go with medical personnel to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.

On October 6, at 7:56 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 3600 block of Northeast 120th Avenue on the report of a possible suicide. An email was sent to the Portland Police Bureau’s Public Information Officer (PIO) by a 59-year-old man who stated that he did not want his family or friends to discover his body and he left specific instructions on how to get into his residence and where important paperwork would be located to contact family.

Officers went to the residence where they discovered that 59-year-old Patrick Halloran had used a firearm to commit suicide.

At 1:08 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 1700 block of Northeast 67th Avenue to cover medical personnel on a suicidal female who took her cat’s medication.

Officers arrived and spoke to the 32-year-old woman. Police were concerned that she presented a danger to herself and took her into protective custody and transported her to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.

At 4:37 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to the Grotto, located in the 8300 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard, on the report of a suicide in the main parking lot.

Officers arrived and located 59-year-old Lee Schrom of Vancouver deceased in the parking lot. Officers learned that Schrom left a suicide note at his home and drove to the Grotto where he took his own life.

At 10:11 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 1500 block of Southeast Marion Street on the report that a 24-year-old man was threatening suicide and that he was armed with a shotgun. Officers arrived and made contact with the man by phone, who agreed to come outside and go to the hospital.

No guns were found at the location.

On Sunday October 7, at 7:19 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the Jantzen Beach Moorage, located at 1715 North Jantzen Avenue, on the report of a prowler knocking on the door of a houseboat.

Officers arrived and attempted to make contact with the 23-year-old man but he jumped into the Columbia River Slough and climbed onto a jet ski tied to a dock.

The man told officers that he was having mental health issues but would not specify what those issues were. Portland Fire & Rescue responded with a rescue boat.

The man jumped back into the slough and for the next two hours swam under various floating homes and stayed away from rescuers. Portland Fire & Rescue and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Dive Teams responded and entered the water to attempt to rescue the man.

Officers also called for Project Respond and Crisis Negotiators to respond to the scene to assist in safely getting the man out of the water.

Portland Fire & Rescue cut a hole in the floor of a boat garage to retrieve the man from the water but he swam away so they cut a second hole and divers were able to push him towards the dock, where he was pulled out of the water and restrained.

The man told medical personnel that he’d taken a hallucinogenic and was taken to a local hospital for mental health treatment.

At 11:32 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the Crystal Ballroom, located at 1332 West Burnside Street, on a welfare check of a possibly suicidal 52-year-old male.

Officers learned from a friend of the man that he struggled with mental health issues, had been drinking alcohol and making statements about death.

Officers arrived and attempted to make contact with the man, who charged at the officers yelling, “Shoot me!” Officers were able to get the man handcuffed without incident and transport him to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.

On Monday October 8, at 5:30 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the Shell gas station, located at 2800 Southwest Sam Jackson Park Road on the report of a man armed with “some sort of sharp instrument” trying to break into the gas station. Additional information was received by officers that the man grabbed an employee by the throat and that the man was armed with a knife and a pair of pliers.

The first officer arrived and saw the 69-year-old man standing in the doorway with something in his hand. The officer retrieved a less lethal shotgun and began giving the man commands to drop the item and get to the ground. The man initially dropped the item, later determined to be a knife, and got onto the ground. The man then got up and began approaching the officer, refusing repeated commands to stop and displaying indicators to the officer that the man was going to fight.

The officer fired a single less lethal beanbag round at the man, striking him in the upper right thigh. The man stopped walking towards the officer and put his hands on his hips. Additional officers arrived and took him into custody after having to take him to the ground using control holds.

After he was taken into custody, officers spoke with him and it became clear to the officers that the man was in some sort of mental health crisis. He was given citations for Harassment and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree and transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.

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Portland Police Respond to Multiple Mental Health Calls over the Weekend – Two Suicides

Portland Police Bureau press release – 10/01/12

This weekend, officers from the Portland Police Bureau responded to a number of calls involving people struggling in a mental health crisis, including two suicides.

On Friday September 28, 2012, at 4:07 p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to North Precinct responded to the 7400 block of North Chicago Avenue on the report of a person struggling in a mental health crisis.

Officers arrived quickly determined that the 26-year-old male was in a serious mental crisis, shouting about unknown voices in his head. The man’s fists were balled up and officers noted that he was clearly having difficultly communicating. Officers also learned that the man ingested methamphetamine prior to their arrival.

Officers asked for Project Respond and a Sergeant to respond as well as medical personnel. Officers learned that that if the man saw medical personnel he might become even more agitated so they quickly developed a plan to get him into custody, which occurred without incident.

Medical personnel arrived and transported the man to an area hospital.

At 4:36 p.m., officers assigned to East Precinct responded to a residence in the 10800 block of Southeast Powell Boulevard on the report of a suicidal 46-year-old female. Officers learned that the woman tried to hang herself approximately two months ago and was in the hospital until about three weeks ago. Additionally, officers learned that the woman stopped taking her medication approximately one week ago.

Based on officers learning that the woman self-mutilates daily and wanted to hang herself off a bridge, she was transported by medical personnel to an area hospital for treatment.

On Sunday September 30, at 1:30 p.m., officers assigned to North Precinct responded to the Hollywood East Residential Facility, located at 4400 Northeast Broadway, on a report that a 51-year-old man jumped off the 16th story roof to the street below.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and determined that the man died instantly. Officers learned that the man did not live at the facility, but worked there as a custodian.

Many residents knew the man and were understandably upset so officers contact TIPS (Trauma Intervention Programs) volunteers to help residents through their grief.

At 6:00 p.m., officers assigned to East Precinct responded to a residence in the 8500 block of Northeast Holladay Street on the report of a 28-year-old female threatening suicide. Officers leaned that the woman has a history of suicide attempts.

When officers arrived, the woman ran from officers. Officers maintained visual contact with her until she calmed down and became cooperative.

Officers were able to transport the woman to an area hospital for treatment.

On Monday October 1, at 12:20 a.m., officers assigned to East Precinct responded to a payphone in the 12100 block of East Burnside Street, where an adult woman called 9-1-1 threatening suicide because she was upset that her boyfriend was in jail. Officers arrived and spoke to the woman who told police that she planned to slit her wrists because she was upset.

Officers took the woman into protective custody and transported her to an area hospital for treatment.

At 6:33 a.m., officers assigned to Central Precinct responded to a residence in the 1400 block of Northwest Irving Street on the report that a 68-year-old male jumped off the 7th floor balcony to the street below.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and determined that the man was deceased. Officers learned that the man had been battling depression and other health issues.

Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.

Call Lines for Life at (503) 972-3456, 24 hours a day.

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