|Officers Safely Arrest Suicidal Subject Armed with Knife Blocking Loaded Street Car|
Story by Oregon Herald staff
|Published on Wednesday November 20, 2019 - 9:03 AM|
Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team and Behavioral Health Unit Officers Responded to assist with the call. Officers attempted communication, but the woman was non-verbal during the encounter. Officers recognized the involved woman as someone who had recently made threats to kill PPB officers and had recently attempted to purchase a shotgun, but was denied.
During the incident, the woman began walking Northbound toward a restaurant, which was full of lunch patrons. Officers had already requested for the restaurant to lock the entry doors. Officers developed a plan and were able to distract, disarm, and arrest the woman. She offered no resistance and no force was used. The knife was recovered and a second survival knife was located in a sheath on her person.
The woman was transported on a medical hold to an area hospital. She is not being charged with a crime at this time, therefore, she is not being identified.
Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.
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.