PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - Joe Hall has a long recovery ahead of him.

"[I have a] partially collapsed left lung, two lower vertebrae fractured," Hall said, on top of five broken ribs, a broken collar bone and head trauma.

Hall spoke to FOX 12 from his Legacy Emanuel hospital bed. He says he doesn't regret anything he did Thursday afternoon as he encountered a crowd of people in the street in North Portland.

"I stood my ground and I would do it all over again," Hall said.

The Portland Police Bureau got several calls Thursday shortly after 12 p.m. about the group, which was making its way through north Portland with 'JFPK' signs and drums. Witnesses reported seeing people in the crowd openly carrying firearms and wearing tactical gear.

Hall, who is a local handyman and was driving his pickup through the area, said he got stopped by the crowd in the street and other vehicles that were blocking his way along North Alberta near Michigan Avenue.

"All of a sudden these agitators come out, screaming, pounding on my truck," Hall said.

After trying to drive around the group, Hall said he stopped and got out of his pickup because he thought he hit something.

"By this time I've got five people surrounding my vehicle, AR-15s, AK-47s," Hall said.

According to Hall, people in the group were calling him derogatory, racially-charged names and pointing weapons at him. While his truck door was open, Hall said someone took his keys and a less-lethal firearm, so Hall grabbed his pistol.

"I pulled my .38 out of my right pocket and pointed it at the ground and told them if a weapon points at me again, I will shoot to eliminate the threat," Hall said.

Hall told FOX 12 he is a disabled veteran who served in the Marine Corps and Army Reserves.

Hall said shortly after he showed he had a pistol, somebody tackled him to the ground and took the handgun. Hall says people started kicking and hitting him.

Videos posted to social media show the event unfolding, with posters praising the crowd member's disarming of the man in captions and comments.

A neighbor who spoke to FOX 12 said she saw part of the scuffle from her window.

"It looked like he was face down and then people were kneeling on top of him," Hannah Morris said.

Hall said he thought he was going to die, and wants to know why Portland police didn't intervene after receiving other calls about the group. A driver near Interstate Avenue and Killingsworth reported that the crowd smashed out their back window and slashed their tires.

After he recovers from his injuries, Hall says he's packing up and leaving the city.

"I'm done, I'm done working in Portland," Hall said, "I'm shutting my business down and I'm probably not going to be coming back."

Hall filed a police report for assault, and said he will be pursuing bias crime charges based on what people were shouting at him.

FOX 12 reached out to one of the march organizers on Twitter but did not get a response. PPB has not released any updates on the investigation or whether there have been any citations or arrests.

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Delta Bravo

For those still in the dark, we now have asymmetrical warfare. The political heads wring their hands at violence yet support it by their actions. The police will show up late to avoid any confrontation. Their job is to bag up the victims. There is talk that the DOJ will be taking over the Portland Police-bad news for anyone defending themselves.

webjak

I heard this person describe his actions on a radio program. He is either an idiot or has serious mental health issues.

Ranger

Face it Portland and the whole state has zero leadership from worthless Kate Brown. All she does is worry about face diapers and keeping us locked up. Meanwhile animals are allowed to hassle, beat up and intimate the citizens of the state. I will Never go to Portland again it's nothing but an embarrassment to the rest of the state.

commentor

forgot to mention that Kate the tyrant queen is an embarrassment as well.

PDX2MtHood

This is Portland. Thugs and criminals run this city and they will make sure to run it into the ground. There is no hope for a change.

Pantherophis

Potland is a Satanist sewer proceed in portland at your own risk there is no law in Portland the police are to cowardly to help.

DefundTheMedia

The police aren't cowards, the feckless mayor Ted Wheeler tied their hands behind their backs.

PortlandisDoomed

It is so sad what Portland has become. Nobody seems to care. I will be closing my business also and leaving.

Beyondthewhy

Just shows how deranged and emboldened the BLM and Antifa terrorists have become under the current administration.

Tyrell Higgs

Semper Fi brother! You are making the right decision to leave this war-zone

Jefferson

First rule of gun handling, "Never pull a gun unless you definitely intend to fire it." Indecision will get you hurt or killed. He should have left the scene or stayed and fired from inside the truck if he couldn't leave and truly feared for his life.

jstrong

You are absolutely correct!!

evilkitty76

Welcome to Portland! Another democrat run city that is not even safe to drive in. You all voted to be this way so have fun! Sad this guy had to go though this but at least he is leaving now.

Tomcat1

Portland, land of the free and home of the 'Lawless".

The city has become a joke to the rest of the nation.

Thanks Ted.

Justinalv

The idiot had ample opportunity to drive away with no one in front of him, instead he stops and gets out of his truck with a gun. Did he expect to get flowers and hugs from them?

Charlatan

He's pulled this same stunt before. The first time he was in a MAGA hat. He is not the innocent victim he is claiming to be. He pulled a gun, they should've shot him.

Beyondthewhy

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Beyondthewhy

Time to learn to read the Justinalv . . . as the article states, the guys pickup was surrounded. Perhaps, you were there and were one of the gang of thugs violating other peoples rights?

DefundTheMedia

He couldn't go anywhere moron. They blocked his car. Try hooked on phonics and do your research.

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