As officers were en route to the scene, they received additional information from the victim that she’d talked the man into putting down his gun and moving away from it in the home. The victim, a 61-year-old woman, convinced the man to surrender to police when they arrived.
Officers arrived at the home and the suspect exited the front door with his hands up and was taken into custody without incident.
The victim told police that she saw the suspect, 55-year-old Keith Paul Mitchell, come over her fence with a gun in his hand. The suspect broke into the woman’s home through a window and the victim tried to leave and hide but the suspect found her so she started talking to him.
The victim told police that Mitchell was not making sense and it appeared to her that he was in a mental health crisis and may also be high on meth.
The victim was able to convince Mitchell to put down his handgun and surrender to police.
Mitchell was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Burglary in the First Degree, Coercion, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, and Pointing a Firearm at Another.
Help is available for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.
The Multnomah County Mental Health Call Center is available 24 hours a day at (503) 988-4888.
If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please visit Cascadia or call (503) 963-2575. Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has an urgent walk-in clinic, open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week. Payment is not necessary.
Lines for Life is also available 24 hours a day at (800) 273-TALK (8255).