Residents return home after SWAT call out

Police: No crimes committed, man in mental health crisis

Portland Police on scene of a SERT call out in North Portland (KOIN)
Portland Police on scene of a SERT call out in North Portland (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Police say after determining no crimes had been committed and there was no threat to the public, the bureau’s Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) would stand down.

Several apartment units in the 4000 block of North Kirby after officers responded to reports of a domestic violence disturbance.

There were initial reports that a man and woman were inside the apartment. Police said they were concerned for the welfare of both, and based on information that a weapon may have been involved, the SERT team was called out.

Some nearby schools went into lock down, but normal operations have resumed. A TriMet bus was brought in for residents who were evacuated.

Officer initially tried to use a megaphone to order everyone out. They never got any contact.

Crisis negotiators made several attempts to contact the people believed to be inside without success. Family of the man in mental health crisis gave officers information to police regarding past behavior, which contributed to the decision to walk away.

Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) is going to follow up and see about getting the man treatment, Sgt. Pete Simpson said.

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