Portland police on Tuesday morning evacuated a North Portland neighborhood after responding to reports of a man armed with a knife. Officers say the man barricaded himself in a home with a woman.

Police said they received a report at 6:38 a.m. Tuesday of a man suffering a mental health crisis in the 4000 block of North Kerby Avenue.

The original police call to the apartments at North Kerby Avenue and Shaver Street stemmed from a domestic dispute.

John Simmons, temporary manager of the 42-unit apartment complex, showed up at the scene at about 9 a.m. “My maintenance guy called and told me police were all over the place,” Simmons said.

Simmons told police he had an idea who the incident may involve as there had been a history of domestic disputes there in the past.

Officers surrounded the house and unsuccessfully used a car’s public address system to try and make contact with the home’s occupants. 

The Special Emergency Reaction Team and the Crisis Negotiation Team have been called to the scene. 

A Portland Police Bureau news release says the agency’s Behavioral Health Unit has responded to the scene and that its members are familiar with the armed man.

Police have closed North Kerby Avenue to traffic from Shaver Street to Skidmore Street. They also have closed North Mason Street from Borthwick Avenue to Commercial Avenue. 

In a news release, police say they don’t think there is a risk to neighbors in the area of the scene. Those who have been evacuated have been given shelter in TriMet buses parked near the neighborhood.

This story will be updated.

— Jerry Casey

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