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Rambling yelling in Sellwood from a man with a weapon quickly drew police. Fortunately nobody was hurt

COURTESY OF JUSTIN THÇ¿R DICK - This witness photo clearly shows a disturbed man with a gun, on the streets of Sellwood. A disheveled man, waving what looked like a gun, caught the attention of Sellwood neighbors and business owners around noon on Thursday, March 10.

"He was at the northeast corner of S.E. 19th Avenue and Clatsop Street for a while – maybe half an hour," witness Justin Th?r Dick recalled. "He did yell various things at various times, but I couldn't make out any specifics."

Ducking for cover, people in the area called for help. Ten Central Precinct officers were dispatched to the area at 12:02 p.m.

"After a while he collected his things and headed west, down Clatsop Street almost to 17th Avenue, where he paused for a minute to rant some more, and to throw a couple of rocks," witness Justin Dick continued.

Then, the man staggered across S.E. 17th Avenue, and into the parking lot of the "Sellwood Senior Living" facility, where he was met by officers.

DAVID F. ASHTON - After persuading the man to put down his weapon, officers took him into custody under a prior warrant. After disarming the man of what may have been a toy gun, officers took him into custody. One of the officers indicated that the individual could have been experiencing a mental health crisis.

"The police told me the man did have a warrant out for his arrest for a prior incident, but that they were putting a 'hold' on him, so that they could get him treatment," Mr. Dick told THE BEE.

The Central Precinct officers used caution when approaching the reportedly-armed person, and managed to deescalate the situation without injuries.


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