Deputies resolve standoff with suicidal man

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: July 5, 2016, 5:53 p.m.


At about 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of a man in the area of 18080 SE Mcloughlin Blvd. who was threatening to kill himself or someone else.

This location is a small strip mall in unincorporated Clackamas County, with active businesses and pedestrian traffic.

The first deputy arrived and located the man, later identified as a 33-year-old male from Gladstone. Mr. Sleight was armed with a knife and standing among several people. Additional resources responded, including officers from Gladstone Police, the Oregon State Police and Transit Police.

Deputies worked to separate the subject from any potential victims and engage him in conversation.

The subject refused to drop his knife and cooperate with deputies.

Nearby businesses and traffic in the vicinity were disrupted for over an hour, due to the standoff that ensued.

Members of the Clackamas County Hostage Negotiation Team, as well as mental health professionals from the Behavioral Health Unit embedded within the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to assist with negotiations.

Thanks to the efforts of all involved, the man eventually threw down his knife and surrendered to authorities. He was transported to an area hospital for a mental-health evaluation.


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Contact Info:
Sergeant Paul Coleman
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office