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The standoff between Portland police and an armed burglary suspect lasted 22 hours in a remote part of the park.

COURTESY PPB - Near the scene of the standoff Saturday afternoon.Police arrested an armed burglary suspect early Sunday after a 22-hour standoff in a remote part of Forest Park.

The name of the suspect was not immediately released.

According to police, officers with the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) were able to safely take the man into custody just before 6 a.m. on Aug. 16. He was taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluations.

The incident began just before 7 a.m. Saturday when officers were dispatched to the 2800 block of Northwest Thurman Street on reports that someone was trying to break into a home. The caller reported possibly hearing gunshots, police said.

A short time later, officers located the man near the intersection of Lower Macleay Trail and Wildwood Trail of Forest Park. He produced two knives and began walking toward the officers.

"An officer deployed a less-lethal foam-tipped round and that stopped his advance, but he turned and ran, going down a steep embankment and stopping at what appears to be a campsite," the Portland Police Bureau said in a release Saturday. "Officers communicated with him from a distance and he claimed to have a gun and said he would shoot the officers."

Police also said they believe the suspect is the same man who was the center of multiple calls this past week in the same area involving similar tactics.The believe he is in crisis and both SERT and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) responded to the scene.

The standoff lasted through the night. Negotiators have offered water, food, changes of clothing and recorded messages from friends and family. The man has rejected all pleas from law enforcement.

Police said the steep and rugged terrain — as well as the remote location — made communications difficult. Given the circumstances, "force options" have also been attempted, police said, including spray and impact munition, pepper balls, tear gas, and a 40mm less-lethal foam baton launcher. A K9 unit was also deployed, but the man tried to stab the dog with one of his knives.

Finally, Just before 6:00a.m., SERT officers were able to safely take the subject into custody without using additional force. He was able to walk out with officers to a waiting ambulance and is being transported to a hospital on a Police Officer Hold.

The area around the scene was reopened over Sunday morning.

KOIN News 6 is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. Their story with video can be found here.


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