Police: Armed man arrested in Southeast Portland

Police: Armed man arrested in Southeast Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Police arrested a man they said was seen in Southeast Portland on Wednesday evening armed with a knife and rifle.

At about 5 p.m., officers responded to the area of Southeast 65th Avenue and Rhone Street in the Foster-Powell neighborhood to a report of the armed man in the street.

Officers could hear the man yelling and swearing, and saw him kneeling and pointing the rifle at something not visible, according to a Portland Police Bureau spokesman.

The man surrendered, responding to officers' commands, and was taken into custody.

Patrick Shaffer, 31, identified as a transient, was booked in the Multnomah County Jail on suspicion of felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.

Police said Shaffer was having a mental health crisis at the time of the incident.

They encourage anyone suffering from mental health problems or suicidal thoughts to contact Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare at 503-963-2575.