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Suspect Taken Into Custody After Reports of an Armed Suspect Brandishing Gun on W Burnside St
On, Thursday, June 21, 2018, at 12:27 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a suspect pointing a gun at motorists and pedestrians at West Burnside Street and Southwest Park Street.
Officers arrived in the area and were flagged down by multiple people regarding a reportedly armed suspect. Officers learned a man carrying a firearm had pointed a gun at several people then left the area. An officer obtained information about the suspect and broadcast the suspect's description and last known location to other officers. Officers searched the area and located the suspect near Southwest Ankeny Street and Southwest Park Avenue.
As officers contacted the suspect, they observed him holding a firearm. Officers provided the suspect commands and initially the suspect did not comply with the directions officers was provided. The suspect eventually dropped the gun to the ground and was taken into custody without incident.
As officers continued the investigation, they learned the gun was a replica gun. The replica firearm was seized as evidence.
The suspect was identified as 29-year-old Justin A. Lafitt. Lafitt was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Disorderly Conduct in the Second Degree and Menacing.
Investigators believe Lafitt may be involved in additional incidents in the downtown area. Anyone with information about Lafitt should contact the Portland Police Bureau non-emergency line at 503-823-3333