Ore. man could die after police struggle

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The Forest Grove Inn Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. (Forest Grove Police)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Three officers struggled with a man described as suicidal Sunday at a Forest Grove motel.

The subject, a 61-year-old Beaverton man, has life-threatening injuries. Police told KOIN 6 News they believe the man’s injuries were self-inflicted.

One Forest Grove officer was injured in the struggle, according to a Forest Grove Police Department news release.

This reportedly happened around 11 a.m. Forest Grove officers responded to the Forest Grove Inn, 4433 Pacific Ave., “on a report of a suicidal subject armed with a knife,” according to the release.

Officers said they arrived to find a man covered in blood and armed with a knife coming from a 2nd-story room. They said he was yelling at officers to shoot him.

“The man refused to comply with orders to drop the knife and walked to the top of a stairwell, where he continued to yell at officers to take his life,” FGPD reported. “At a point, where the man backed away from the stairs, an officer deployed a Tazer — where the man then fell to the ground.”

Three officers reportedly struggled with the subject to wrestle the knife away and detain him.

One officer “sustained a knife wound to the hand” during that struggle. This officer was taken to the hospital for treatment, but has since been released.

The subject was taken by Life Flight helicopter to the hospital. The FGPD release described his injuries as “life threatening.”

The man “was with an acquaintance, who was also the reporting person,” police reported.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office Forensics division is assisting in this investigation.

— KOIN Reporter Chris Woodard contributed information from the Forest Grove Inn Sunday.

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