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They came to arrest him. Instead, they saved his life. But when he recovers, they will still arrest him

DAVID F. ASHTON - Officers headed towards a Brentwood-Darlington rental house to arrest a subject for whom they had a warrant, and found him overdosed on heroin. Their intervention saved his life. It seemed unusual when what was listed by the 9-1-1 Center as a "Follow-up Call" drew ten Portland Police Bureau units, from both East and Central Precincts, to an address in the Brentwood Darlington neighborhood at about 1:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, June 15.

Their attention was focused on a rental house located on S.E. 68th Avenue, midway between S.E. Cooper and Ogden streets. Officers took positions around the neighborhood, forming a perimeter about two blocks away from the suspect residence.

Eventually, an ambulance came, and took away an individual.

"Officers observed a subject with a warrant at 7011 S.E. 68th Avenue, and the subject refused to come out of the house," reported Sgt. Chris Burley, after looking into the incident for THE BEE.

"Officers entered the house, located the subject, and discovered he had overdosed on heroin," Burley said. "Medical assistance was requested to the scene, and the man was transported to the hospital by ambulance."

So, what started as a warrant service turned into a rescue in Inner Southeast. However, the suspect – who has not yet been publicly identified – will still face that warrant upon recovering and leaving the hospital.

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