Battered by public outcry over two shooting deaths this year, Portland police are characterizing a recent call as a potentially violent encounter that cops successfully defused.
The case, as described in a police news release Saturday, is markedly similar to the circumstances when the cops fatally shot Aaron Campbell
on Jan. 29. Campbell was reported armed and suicidal, and possibly a danger to his girlfriend and three young children.
But as described by police, the April 24 incident also has shades of the March 22 shooting of Jackie Collins
at Hoyt Arboretum. Police also said Collins was armed with a blade, though in Collins' case they said it was a small razor knife
Here's the news release police put out on Saturday:
On April 24, 2010, at approximately 4:30 P.M., Portland Police Officers received a call from from a third party that an individual in a home in the 9200 Block of N. Woolsey Avenue was potentially suicidal. The caller told dispatchers that the subject was depressed and wanted to kill himself as well as his 2-month-old son, his girlfriend and his girlfriend's daughter. The subject was supposed to be armed with a knife.
Officers responded and began negotiations with the subject. Officers were in communication with the subject's girlfriend when he terminated the call. Subsequently, the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) was activated, along with the Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT). Officers on the scene continued to attempt to contact the subject.
Prior to the arrival of either SERT or HNT, officers were able to convince the suicidal subject to exit the house and follow instructions so he could safely be taken into custody. Officers then checked the house and determined that no one was injured.
Detectives from the Domestic Violence Reduction Unit responded to the scene to assist the subject's girlfriend and determine if any laws had been broken.