PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A standoff between an armed man in a car and police in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood ended peacefully nearly 6 hours after it began.
Just after 9 a.m. Sunday, two cars collided near the corner of SE 129th and Division. One driver got out of his car to exchange information when the other driver pointed a gun.
The driver of the first car, Jai X, said he was on his way to pick up a friend when he got into the turning lane. The other driver jumped in front, “as if he’s trying to go over the median.”
Jai X said he got out of the car to exchange information but did not have his phone with him.
“I approached his vehicle and asked if everything is OK, to exchange information and everything, and he pulls out a weapon. He pulls out a gun. He looked a bit startled, he points it at me, he points it at himself as I’m backing away,” Jai X said. “I saw somebody, a bystander, and I asked to use his phone and he allowed me to use his phone to call the police.”
He admitted he thought the man “was going to shoot me and then shoot himself.”
Both the Crisis Negotiation Team and a SERT unit responded to the scene after, police said, the suspect pointed the gun at his own head and refused to get out of his car when officers arrived.
Streets in the vicinity were blocked off during the standoff.
Shortly before 3 p.m., the incident was resolved peacefully, authorities said.
The man, who has not been arrested or publicly identified, was believed to have been in crisis and was taken to a hospital to be evaluated.
“The use of the Special Emergency Response Team and the Crisis Negotiation Team as a way to deescalate the situation allowed for this person to be safely taken to the hospital and receive the care he needs,” PPB Assistant Chief Jamie Resch said in a statement. “We appreciate the cooperation of the businesses and residents who were impacted by this closure. I would also like to thank all the members working East Precinct and SERT/CNT for their teamwork and compassion to safely resolve this incident.”
Despite the incident, Jai X had a message for others.
“Check on your family members. People’s mental health is out of whack,” he said. “I just hope the brother can get some help.”