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The victim had been in the custody of Portland police earlier in the day but was released.

COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - The scene of the fatal MAX crash.A man was killed Saturday after running across Interstate 84 before being hit by a MAX train.

The name of the victim, who had been in the custody of police earlier in the day, was not immediately released.

According to the Portland Police Bureau, officers had been sent to the 8600 block of Northeast Broadway around noon June 5 on a report of a "suspicious circumstances at a home." The female caller had been working upstairs and said the man came upstairs and stood over her.

"She demanded that he leave, but he only complied when the victim's husband and sons came to her aid," police said.

One responding officer saw the suspect in the 9000 block of Northeast Schuyler Street and followed at a distance until more officers arrived. Once they were there, the man was captured and evaluated by paramedics. Police said the suspect refused medical attention.

"Due to booking restrictions, he could not be transported to jail," police said. "The officer issued him a criminal citation for criminal trespass in the first degree and an unrelated warrant (citation in lieu of custody). He was then released."

A couple hours later, police received a report of a man walking in traffic near I-84 and Northeast 68th Avenue. Witnesses said the man had a large rock and a pipe in this hands and was swinging them at passing cars.

As officers were trying to get traffic stopped so they could approach, they received updated information that the man had run in front of a passing MAX train. When officers arrived, the man was found dead.

Anyone who witnessed any part of this incident and has not talked to officers is urged to call police.

The victim's identity will be released after next of kin is notified of his death.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune.


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