Ore. officer disarms man carrying rifle



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police say an officer managed to disarm a man who had refused orders to drop a rifle and later told police he was suicidal and had wanted the officer to shoot him.

Sgt. Pete Simpson said Wednesday that the 45-year-old man was cited for disorderly conduct and taken to a hospital for treatment of mental health issues.

Simpson says officers had responded late Tuesday night to southeast Portland after a male 911 caller said he had a gun and was “going to use it.” They did not locate the man.

Several minutes later, a man armed with a rifle approached an officer talking to a teen about an unrelated issue. As the teen ran off, the officer got out of his car and ordered the man to drop the gun. When the man refused, Simpson says the officer was able to put the man on the ground using control holds.

The weapon turned out to be a BB rifle.