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Investigation after a hatchet-wielding man was confronted in an incident near Hosford Middle School leads to discovery of illegally owned firearms.

MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Jonathan MessarePolice have seized weapons and tactical gear from the home of a man who attacked them Wednesday near a Southeast Portland school, slightly wounding a sergeant.

Jonathan Messare, 34, was originally charged with second-degree assault, assault a public safety officer, attempted assault on a public safety officer, resisting arrest, first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree disorderly conduct. Additional charges include four counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and four counts of violating a restraining order.

"This is a great example of the dedication and collaboration between PPB's investigative teams," said Police Chief Danielle Outlaw. "Their thoroughness in follow-up produced real results to keep us all safer."

According to police, the March 6 investigation began when Central Precinct officers responded to an emergency call near Hosford Middle School in the 2300 block of Southeast 28th Place. Several people said they saw an agitated man who was yelling and appeared to be armed with a hatchet. The man also was taking off his clothing. The school was placed into lockdown as a precaution.

PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - Firearms seized from the home of Jonathan Messare.Officers confronted the man, who dropped the hatchet and knife and charged at police. During the arrest, the man stabbed a sergeant with a smaller knife that he concealed in his hand. The sergeant had a non-life threatening injury to the hand. Two knives, a hatchet, and a multi-tool were seized.

The man, later identified as Messare, appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance. He was not injured, but was taken to an area hospital for evaluation due to his intoxication.

After the arrest, the Portland Police Bureau received information about Messare's violation of a restraining order and firearms possession. Officers obtained a warrant to search Messare's residence in the 2900 block of Southeast Division Street, where they seized AR15 semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun, a semi-automatic handgun and a .38 revolver along with ammunition and tactical gear.

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