VANCOUVER — A former patient of a mental health clinic scared everyone in the building when he walked into a suite on the third floor Monday morning armed with a shotgun and ordered them to leave.
A doctor talked with the man who said he wanted police to kill him. Crisis negotiators talked 39-year-old Gregory Castro into surrendering to the Clark County Sheriff’s SWAT team before shots were fired or anybody was hurt.
The University Plaza building on Northeast 20th Avenue in the Salmon Creek area was evacuated for a few hours. It houses several medical providers including Associates for Psychiatric & Mental Health, LLC.
Castro is charged with assault, theft and unlawful possession of a firearm.
“This is happening more and more. The mental health field is severely under financed if you will. People aren’t getting all the help they need sometimes and this might be the only way they see out of it,” said Clark County Sergeant Duncan Hoss.
This was the third time this year that someone brought a firearm to a Clark County workplace. A disgruntled employee killed a supervisor and himself at the Benjamin Moore Paints warehouse in early February. The very next day, a former employee of the Veterans Administration who authorities say was infatuated with a former supervisor shot and killed him.
Rosemary Reynolds contributed to this story