Police arrest armed man at Vancouver mental health clinic

Police arrest armed man at Vancouver mental health clinic
(KATU photo)

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Police arrested a man who they said walked into a Vancouver mental health clinic armed with a rifle Monday morning.

It happened around 10 a.m. at a clinic near Northeast 144th Street and 20th Avenue. A SWAT team and crisis negotiators were called to the scene.

No one was hurt and no shots were fired.

Police told KATU’s Stephen Mayer that everyone ran from the building except for one doctor, who stayed to help talk the man down. The man told the doctor that he intended for police to kill him.

Police arrested the man about an hour later after he surrendered. They booked 39-year-old Gregory Castro of Vancouver into the Clark County Jail.

He faces first-degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and theft of a firearm charges.

Sgt. Duncan Hoss said the man is known to the doctor, but it's unclear why he went to the clinic or what he wanted to talk about.

KATU's Stephen Mayer and the Associated Press contributed to this story.