PORTLAND, Oregon - A woman who was threatening herself and others with two knives was transported to a hospital after successful negotiations by Portland Police officers.
On Friday, May 1, 2020 at 7:51p.m., North Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a woman who had two knives and was threatening to cut herself and others in the parking lot of a convenience store in the 9100 block of North Lombard Street. As officers were responding, they learned that she had run into the street and was chasing cars with the knives.
Officers closed the street and established a perimeter while officers with specialized Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT) training began negotiating with her. She refused to drop the knives, so the Incident Commander activated the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) and the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT).
While specialized resources were still enroute, ECIT officers continued negotiating with the adult female. Before the teams fully deployed, at 9:40p.m., the woman agreed to drop the knives, and officers were able to get her into protective custody. She was transported to a hospital by ambulance for treatment. She is not facing any criminal charges. No one was injured.
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