Man talked down from tree, leaps into stretcher

Man talked down from tree, leaps into stretcher

Man talked down from tree, leaps into stretcher

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by Sara Roth, KGW.com Staff

kgw.com

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 29 at 12:47 PM

PORTLAND -- A man threatening to jump from a tree closed downtown Portland streets Saturday morning. 

The man was around 30 feet up a tree on Southwest 3rd Avenue and Ash Street when he threatened to jump around 9:15 a.m. 

Officers and crisis negotiators went to assist the man, who police said appeared to be high on stimulants and perhaps suffering from a mental health crisis. 

The crisis negotiation team was able to convince the man to climb down a ladder.

Surrounded by around 30 officers, the man ran around for a few seconds, seemingly trying to escape.

Video: Man climbs down from tree, leaps into stretcher

He then made a split decision to leap head-first into a waiting stretcher.

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He was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation. 

Southwest 1st to 3rd Avenues and Southwest Ankeny to Pine Streets were closed to traffic during the negotiation. Streets were reopened around noon. 

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