A despondent and armed man from Salem was detained Thursday evening at Yaquina Bay State Park by Newport Police after a tense half-hour trying to find him.
Police were alerted throughout the day that the man, depressed over the impending end to his marriage, left his house with a gun and got into his pickup and drove off. Family members said they believed he was headed for Newport where he and his wife spent time here.
Police found his dark colored pick-up parked at Yaquina Bay (Government) Park during the 7pm hour near the restrooms and Fishermens’ Memorial. They scoured the area but couldn’t find him. They later expanded their search while Newport Police Sergeant Tom Simpson kept an eye on the restroom/memorial area. A short while later Sgt. Simpson spotted a suspicious subject and determined it was the suicidal man. He said he had the man at gunpoint but that he was not complying with orders. The officers quickly re-converged on the the scene and soon had the man in cuffs. He did not have his weapon. And so the search was on. They began combing the beach areas below the park overlook. At 8:36pm they found it.
The man was transported to Pacific Communities Hospital for an evaluation. Mental Health authorities were also notified.