PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Highway 26 was a parking lot during the Monday evening commute as police worked to take a man having a mental health crisis into custody.
Eastbound lanes of US 26 were closed for more than an hour as police communicated with the man, who ran onto the I-405 ramp.
Portland police said the man was armed with a knife and threatened to harm himself. He was taken into custody just after 5 p.m. and will be receiving medical care.
PPB Officers safely took subject into custody. Estimated time for freeway to re-open is 5-10 minutes. The subject will be receiving needed medical care. PPB wants to thank everyone for their patience during the closure.— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) March 5, 2019
He allegedly threatened people downtown at 11th and Jefferson before running from officers.
Eastbound lanes of Highway 26 were closed just before the Vista Ridge Tunnel.
POLICE ACTIVITY: US 26 EB is closed before I-405. Traffic at a standstill and there’s no telling how long it will be. #pdxtraffic #koin6news pic.twitter.com/06yWckdF7H— Carly Kennelly (@KOIN6Traffic) March 5, 2019
UPDATE: Police tell us a man with a knife was threatening people at SW11/Jefferson, ran from officers and ended up on I-405. Ramp from EB 26 to NB 405 is closed as they work to get him in custody #KOIN6News— Cole Miller (@ColeKOIN) March 5, 2019