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Clark County deputies, crisis negotiators respond to report near Columbia River High

Armed person was having a mental health crisis; no one injured.

By , Columbian staff reporter

No one was injured Sunday when Clark County sheriff’s deputies and crisis negotiators responded to a report of an armed person experiencing a mental health crisis near Columbia River High School.

Deputies responded shortly before 3 p.m. to reports of a disturbance near the high school. Authorities determined someone was suffering from a mental health crisis and received reports of a gunshot fired in the area, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

Investigators closed the area, and armored vehicles and a drone responded. Mental health professionals reached the person by phone, the sheriff’s office said.

The person in crisis told responders they were not seeking to harm themselves or others, and mental health professionals gave them resources, according to the news release.

At that point, deputies left the scene in accordance with legislation, the sheriff’s office said.

Anyone experiencing a mental health crisis can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 by calling or texting 988 to be connected with a free licensed counselor. People can also reach mental health professionals on the Clark County Crisis Line at 800-626-8137. In case of an emergency, call 911.