Battle Ground police respond to ‘person in crisis’ 


Battle Ground police officers were dispatched to a “person in crisis” who was reportedly armed with a knife and threatening to harm himself inside of a vehicle in the area of West Main Street and Northwest 20th Avenue on Tuesday, Jan. 3. 

Officers who responded to the call at around 9 a.m. utilized de-escalation measures on scene and contacted the business attached to the parking lot where the vehicle was parked to ensure the safety of individuals inside, stated a news release from the city.

Medical personnel from Fire District 3 and American Medical Response staged nearby while crisis communicators contacted the person. Shortly before noon, the situation was resolved without further incident or injury to the parties involved, stated the release. 

“It takes incredible patience and keen communication skills when trying to provide aid to a person in crisis,” said police Chief Mike Fort. “I am grateful for the Battle Ground police officers as well as those from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Vancouver Police Department who assisted in this incident.”

The Battle Ground Police Department thanked members of the community who were affected by the incident for their cooperation and support as officers worked to help the person. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis there are services available.  The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 by calling or texting 988. Callers will be connected to trained counselors who provide free and confidential support for people in distress as well as prevention and crisis resources for them or their loved ones.

For an urgent behavioral health crisis, the Clark County Crisis line will connect callers to mental health professions at 800-626-8137.  For emergency situations that require an immediate on-scene response, people are encouraged to dial 9-1-1.