Police say a mentally challenged man turned on officers after attacking three other people at a gas station in northeast Portland this morning.
At 7:45 a.m., someone called 911 to report an assault at USA Gas, located at 4445 Northeast Cully Boulevard. A police spokesman says the suspect had assaulted a customer and a gas station attendant. Both victims were taken to the hospital for treatment for their injuries, which were not life-threatening.
When two officers confronted the accused assailant outside of the store, he refused to comply and fought both of them off. He then took off westbound on Prescott.
As the officers pursued the suspect for several blocks, they tried to subdue him with pepper spray, batons and Tasers, but the suspect continued to be combative.
More officers arrived on the scene and deployed more pepper spray and Tasers. The suspect eventually surrendered near to where he lives, at a residential treatment facility in the 5700 block of Northeast Prescott.
The suspect, who is only being identified by authorities at this time as a 37-year-old man, was taken to the hospital for treatment. Charges have not been filed against him.
The original responding officers were also transported to a local hospital to be checked out for injuries sustained during their confrontation with the suspect.
Investigators later learned that prior to going to the gas station, the suspect had allegedly assaulted another resident of the facility where he lives. That resident was transported to the hospital to be checked out as well.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident, which is subject to an administrative review.
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