PORTLAND - A convicted felon was arrested after pointing a rifle while on a public street Wednesday evening.

Officers said 31-year-old transient Aaron Patrick Shaffer was kneeling while pointing the rifle at something or someone at Southeast 65th Avenue and Rhone Street. Police could hear him yelling and swearing.

Shaffer appeared to be struggling with a mental health crisis, according to investigators.

He was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful possession and use of a weapon.

Police urged anyone that needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call (503) 963-2575 or Lines for Life available 24 hours a day at (503) 972-3456.

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.

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