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Story by Oregon Herald staff
Published on Thursday April 16, 2020 - 12:36 AM

PORTLAND, Oregon - On April 15, 2020 at 12:18 p.m., Central Precinct Officers responded to the 1000 block of Southwest 5th Avenue on reports of a male subject threatening to kill himself with a knife.

The subject entered The Bank of America with a knife in hand threatening to take his life. Officers responded and safely evacuated bank patrons and employees. Members with PPB's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) responded to the scene to assist.

A Portland Police Bureau's Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT) officer was able to talk with the subject and he dropped the knife. Officers placed the subject into handcuffs and were able to get him medical treatment. He was taken to an area hospital on a police officer's hold.

The Police Bureau has volunteer officers from a variety of patrol assignments on the Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT). These officers are the first responders dispatched by 9-1-1 to crisis calls that are determined to be related to an individual with mental illness. ECIT officers receive additional training in order to; identify risks during a behavioral crisis, utilize crisis communication techniques to help deescalate a person in crisis, and have knowledge of available community resources.

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

The Multnomah County Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day at 503-988-4888.