Deputies fire beanbags, Taser at man with knife

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Sheriff deputies took a man, who may have been in mental health crisis, into custody early Sunday morning after he was reportedly walking around a neighborhood armed with a knife.

Lt. Steve Alexander, a spokesperson for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, said the deputies responded to the 9700-block of Northeast Campaign around 5:40 a.m. when someone called to report the man was armed with a knife.

Deputies fired two non-lethal rounds of beanbags but both were ineffective, Alexander said. He was eventually taken into custody at approximately 6:45 a.m. when deputies used their Taser, Alexander said.

As deputies responded, they learned the man had reportedly made comments that suggested he would hurt anyone who got close to him, Alexander said.

When deputies got on scene they attempted to make contact, the individual refused to drop the weapon, Alexander said.

According to emergency dispatchers, at approximately 6 a.m., an ambulance was requested to the scene.   Several streets around Northeast 96th and Northeast Campaign were shut down during the incident.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries. The man who was checked out by paramedics and then transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.

“We’ll take him there and hopefully get him some treatment,” Alexander said.

Officers from the Portland Police Bureau responded to assist with the incident which technically took place in the city Maywood Park, located six miles east of downtown Portland.

– Brent Weisberg

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