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Domestic violence is considered the most dangerous call of all by many officers. They defused this one

DAVID F. ASHTON - An officer carries one of the involved children, in this domestic violence incident, from the apartment building to safety.What started as a domestic dispute in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood developed into a major callout for Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Central District, Behavioral Health, and SERT officers on Monday afternoon. November 25.

The focus of the activity was an apartment building at 2800 S.E. Gladstone Street; police soon cordoned off the streets east and west of the location, as specialty unit officers began to arrive at 2:30 p.m.

As officers loud-hailed a man believed to be in the building, a SERT officer, looking through a ballistic shield, kept an eye on the front of the apartments and a PPB Canine Unit stood by.

The 16 officers called to scene took positions at the front and rear of the building; all of them appeared calm but vigilant, as the situation unfolded.

A little after 3 p.m., officers entered and carefully carried an infant, and then a toddler, from the apartment building to a car parked on 28th Place.

"This was a domestic-violence-related call, where the male half of a couple was reportedly armed, and kicking the door in," later reported PPB Public Information Officer Lieutenant Tina Jones.

"Officers learned that the involved female had fled out a window in the back of the building," Jones told THE BEE. "Officers arrived and made entry to check on two infants who were in the apartment; the children were safe, and no one was injured."

But, the officers were not able to locate the suspect inside; he had himself apparently fled before the police arrived. This remains an active investigation.

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