Woman convinces armed intruder to surrender

Keith Paul Mitchell faces a variety of charges

Keith Paul Mitchell, Dec. 10, 2014 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
Keith Paul Mitchell, Dec. 10, 2014 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Staring at an armed intruder, a 61-year-old Portland woman began talking to the man and convinced him to put down his weapon and surrender to police.

Just before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, the man — later identified by police at Keith Paul Mitchell — came over a fence, broke into the woman’s home in the 11500 block of SE Morrison Street and stopped her from hiding, authorities said.

She later told police it did not appear Mitchell was making sense and may have been going through a mental health crisis. She also said she suspected he was high on meth.

Her training as a nurse kicked in, she told KOIN 6 News, and she began talking to the man. After a time, he put down his gun and gave himself up to police.

Mitchell, 55, faces first-degree burglary charges, coercion, being a felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and pointing a firearm at another person.

Watch the extended interview with the nurse who talked Keith Paul Mitchell into surrendering to police:

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