Police talking with man barricaded in downtown bathroom
Update: Man not a threat, police say
Portland police officers have decided against talking a man out of a bathroom in Waterfront Park. Although he originally dropped a gun while being chased by police, it was a pellet gun. Officers have learned his name and concluded he is experiencing a mental health crisis.
The incident began at about 9:54 a.m. when officers from the Central Precinct went to the park to find a man who was armed with a handgun. Officers attempted to talk with the man but he fled to the restroom building, dropping a gun along the way.
Police surrounded the restroom and closed a westbound traffic lane on the bridge and the sidewalk are closed because of the incident. Traffic near the bridge was also blocked. Boats from Portland Fire and Rescue and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office were deployed nearby in case the man tries to jump into the Willamette River.
Waterfront Park and the Hawthorne Bridge were reopened to regular traffic bt late morning.