PORTLAND, Oregon - On Sunday May 28, 2017, at 5:55 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to Holladay Park, located at 1125 Northeast Holladay Street, on the report from Lloyd Center Security that a man was waving a gun. Security described the person as a 16-year-old black male wearing a striped red and black shirt, black pants, armed with a black handgun.
Officers quickly arrived in the area and were able to see a man matching the description in the park near the fountain and noted that he'd stripped down to his underwear and was playing in the fountain.
Officers approached the man, engaged him in conversation and determined that he was not threatening anyone. Officers learned that the man was showing off a realistic-looking replica firearm to someone in the mall, prompting security to notify the police.
Officers determined that the young man was actually 26-years-old after confirming his identity and also learned that the man has a history of mental illness; however, was not currently in crisis. In his bag, officers found an unloaded Smith and Wesson M&P CO2 pellet gun.
The 26-year-old was released from the scene and the pellet gun was taken as safekeeping. He was also given with temporary exclusions from Holladay Park and the Lloyd Center Mall for possession and displaying the pellet gun.
The Portland Police Bureau's Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) and Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team (ECIT) officers work to coordinate the response of law enforcement and the behavioral health system to aid people in behavioral crisis resulting from known or suspected mental illness and or drug and alcohol addiction.