Southwest Portland

Police use less lethal shotgun on man claiming to have gun near Lincoln High

Police use less lethal shotgun on man claiming to have gun near Lincoln High
Police said they didn't find a gun on the suspect but instead found this object made to look like one. (Photo: Portland Police Bureau)

PORTLAND, Ore – Police said they fired a less-lethal shotgun at a man claiming to have a gun near Lincoln High School Thursday afternoon.

It turned out the man didn’t have a gun, but police said they didn’t know that when they confronted the man.

Police said they responded to a report at about 3:45 p.m. that the man appeared to be high on drugs and was walking in and out of traffic and banging on cars at Southwest 18th Avenue and Salmon Street.

They said the 31-year-old man claimed he had a gun and motioned to his waistband. Police said the man refused to obey commands, and because of the concern he was armed with a handgun based on his words and actions, police shot him with the less-lethal weapon.

Police said they searched the man but they didn't find a gun. But instead they said they found an object made to look like a handgun (shown above).

Medics were called to the scene and took the man to the hospital for a mental health evaluation and for a possible drug overdose, police said.

Police said that at this point the man doesn't face any charges.

Lincoln High School was put into a brief lockdown.