CANNON BEACH — A suicidal man on the beach with a gun was taken safely into custody Saturday after a 2 1/2-hour standoff with police, Cannon Beach Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn said.

Police from Cannon Beach, Gearhart, Seaside and Clatsop County deputies responded to the north end of Cannon Beach Saturday afternoon. Determining the man was suicidal, officers negotiated with him over the phone, via text message and a public address system.

Police cleared the beach during negotiations before the man surrendered and was brought into protective custody.

The standoff ended at 6:30 p.m.

According to Schermerhorn, the man was taken to Providence Seaside Hospital for treatment and evaluation by mental health professionals.

No one was injured.

“We are thankful for all the assistance from Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office, Seaside Police Department, Gearhart Police Department, Medix and Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue,” Schermerhorn said in a statement.


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