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Major connection between east and west Portland is shut down Sunday morning while police negotiate with woman experiencing mental health crisis

COURTESY PPB - First responders during the Sunday morning incident on the Steel Bridge.Police were able to safely remove a woman experiencing a mental health crisis from a perch on the Steel Bridge on Sunday morning.

No one was hurt in the incident. The woman, who was uncooperative and throwing items from the bridge, was transported to a hospital for evaluation.

According to police, at 8:30 a.m. on July 14, North Precinct officers were dispatched to the Steel Bridge, where a trespasser was seen in the bridge tender shed above the upper-level roadway. The adult female was throwing objects, including cans of oil, onto the pavement below.

Because she appeared to be suffering from a mental health condition, Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team Officers responded and began communicating with her. Police say she was uncooperative and refused to come out of the shed.

Officers requested assistance from the Portland Fire Bureau, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol, and Central Precinct officers. Because of the danger that someone could be hit by one of the thrown objects, the bridge was closed to all traffic and pedestrians.

Officers spoke with the woman for over two hours, finally convincing her to come out voluntarily. She was taken into custody, lowered down the stairs on a rescue gurney, and transported to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Police want to remind people that help is available for anyone struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at 503-988-4888.

If you or someone you know is in mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare's Urgent Walk-In Clinic. The clinic is located at 4212 SE Division and is open from 7am to 10:30pm, 7 days a week. Services are free and available to individuals of all ages.

Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


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