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Negotiators spent three and a half hours talking to the woman, before she shot herself without warning

A woman died by suicide on Sunday, July 8 in Fairview in the 20600 block of N.E. Sandview Drive.

Crisis negotiators from the East County Metro Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, along with deputies from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and police officers from the Gresham Police Department, had spent approximately three and a half hours talking to the distraught woman, before she shot herself without warning, according to a press release to MSCO. Emergency medical personnel were brought in immediately, but the 50-year-old woman died at the scene died at the scene.

Police were responding to a 911 call where a homeowner reported that an unknown female in the homeowner's backyard was "acting strangely" and holding a handgun to her chest.

Deputies had determined that the woman was suffering a mental health crisis, and she refused to put down the firearm despite repeated requests. While crisis negotiators were talking with the woman, police officers were evacuating nearby residences and closing N.E. Sandy Boulevard between N.E. 205th Ave and N.E. Fairview Parkway.

The investigation ongoing and the sheriff's office will not be releasing the name of the deceased woman.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office asks anyone experiencing a mental health crisis to call the Mental Health Crisis Intervention Hotline at 503-988-4888 or 800-716-9769, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Residents who were affected by the situation can contact Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) Hotline at 503-823-3937. If anyone has additional information about the incident, contact MCSO's tip line at 503-988-0560.

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