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Officer successfully talks down suicidal man

Friday, August 10, 2018

A Warrenton man was arrested after an early morning argument turned violent.

Police first were called to a residence in the 500 block of Northwest Cedar Court for a domestic dispute about 4:30 a.m. July 24. The parties agreed to separate, but the man returned an hour later.

Again, police were called and the male agreed to leave after speaking with officers.

But the man returned a third time about 10:30 a.m. and, at some point, the couple physically struggled over a cell phone when he saw her texting someone. The wife received an injury to the arm. She was holding one of their young children at the time, according to a probable cause declaration written by Officer Aaron Berndt.

The wife called police and reported he had a gun, was threatening suicide and was leaving in a red truck.

When Berndt arrived, the husband was driving toward him. He backed up and got out of the truck with a gun to his head, the officer wrote.

“I negotiated with him for approximately seven minutes to put the gun down. Eventually, he did and I took him into custody for a police officer mental hold,” Berndt wrote.

Derek Alan Cleveland, 34, of Warrenton was booked at Clatsop County Jail on suspicion of felony assault.

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