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Suicidal Man Detained Following Standoff at Rest Area North of Eugene
Lieutenant Mike Bloom
Oregon State Police - Springfield
Office: (541) 726-2536

Oregon State Police, assisted by Eugene police crisis negotiators, took a suicidal man into protective custody Wednesday afternoon following a near two hour standoff at an Interstate 5 rest area north of Eugene.
On October 15, 2008 at approximately 11:15 a.m. a 56-year old Eugene-area man called Oregon State Police (OSP) Northern Command Center dispatch advising he was at a rest area near Eugene threatening to cut his throat with a knife. OSP troopers checked rest areas near Eugene and found the man at the southbound Oak Grove rest area on Interstate 5 near milepost 206. The man was sitting on a picnic table at the south end of the rest area holding a knife.
With the help of ODOT, the rest area was evacuated and closed off. Five OSP troopers secured the area as troopers and Eugene police crisis negotiators talked to the man while he periodically motioned the knife toward his body.
After approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes of negotiating, an OSP trooper deployed a Taser incapacitating the man so troopers could secure him without further problems at 1:05 p.m.
The man was transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield for evaluation.
Coburg Police Department, Springfield Fire Department, and Harrisburg Fire Department also assisted at the scene. Traffic on Interstate 5 was not affected during this incident.