Mentally unstable man evaluated after phony gun threat in Sawyer Park

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Bend Police took a mentally unstable man in for an evaluation Monday afternoon after they negotiated with him in Bend’s Sawyer Park.

Park stewards called police at 1:53 p.m. and reported a man who was throwing things out of a port-a-potty, talking to himself, and would not leave the park, according to Lt. Juli-Ann McConkey.

When officers arrived, the man told them he had a gun, and tossed a bullet out of the port-a-potty.

They approached with caution and guns drawn before discovering he did not have a gun after all.

Officers were able to calm him down before they took him in for an evaluation, and he was then taken to St. Charles for further care.

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