Steve Herman, Jeremy Scott contributed to this report
PORTLAND — Police had a history with a man who gave drivers the scare of their lives in Northeast Portland on Monday morning.
Officers swarmed a neighborhood after callers said a man armed with a gun was pointing it at them on Interstate 84 and trying to carjack drivers on the eastbound ramp near 122nd. He pointed the gun at an officer and was shot before running through traffic on the freeway. It was closed for four hours.
After being wounded, 27-year-old Denorris McClendon ran off the northside of the freeway and collapsed near 112th and Fremont. He told officers that he wanted them to kill him. The Special Emergency Reaction Team approached him in an armored vehicle and arrested him.
Police say the gun McClendon was armed with was a replica semi-automatic air pistol.
McClendon is facing twelve counts of menacing, two counts of reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.
The night before, police were called to McClendon’s grandma’s house. She said he was suffering from a paranoid delusion. He removed casts from his broken arms and said he was looking for the FBI while swinging a wooden dowel at shrubbery. McClendon was taken in for a mental health evaluation and after being released, he got high on meth.
17-year veteran Officer Michael Honl was not injured. Ten other officers and several civilians who witnessed the shooting have been interviewed by detectives.