Armed Man Arrested In Portland Park

Friday afternoon, Portland Police responded to Southwest Park Avenue and Southwest Main Street on the report of a man with a gun in the park.

While en route to the location, police officers learned a community member had notified Portland Park Rangers there was a man in the park with a gun. Park rangers obtained a description of the man and the gun from the witness. Based on the witness' description of the gun, park rangers and police officers believed the suspect possessed a rifle.

When officers arrived near the location they devised a plan to safely contact the suspect and further investigate the report that he was armed with a rifle. Officers approached the suspect, detained him, located a rifle, and twenty rounds of shotgun ammunition in a bandolier.

The firearm and ammunition were seized as evidence.

The suspect was identified as 21-year-old Johnathan A. Christ. Christ was lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Officers also requested Multnomah County Jail Mental Health staff contact Christ for evaluation. 

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