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After more than 24 hours, crisis negotiation ends in west Eugene

Police and a psychiatrist remain on scene at an 18th Avenue and Chambers Street residence in Eugene. They are negotiating with a man undergoing a mental health crisis. The man fired shots into the air early Saturday morning. (SBG photo)

UPDATE: According to Capt. Sam Kamkar from the Eugene Police Department, the crisis negotiation came to a peaceful resolution at about 2 p.m.

Police took Alexander Phillip Konoff, 24, into custody without using force. He was cited for unlawful discharge of a firearm.

Officials transported Konoff to the hospital for treatment.

Kamkar said W. 18th Avenue is now open.

EUGENE, Ore. – Police are negotiating with a man undergoing a mental health crisis in Eugene after he fired shots into the air early Saturday morning.

Police say the subject is no longer a threat to the public, but officers and a psychiatrist are continuing their efforts in negotiating with the 24-year-old man.

According to Lt. Doug Mozan from the Eugene Police Department, the situation began just before 12:30 a.m. at a residence near 18th Avenue and Chambers Street.

EPD officers arrived and heard shots fired and a subject making odd statements.

Mozan said based on information they know; the man likely suffers from mental illness.

Police called in a crisis negotiations team and a SWAT team to the neighborhood to ensure a safe resolution.

"Whenever possible we try to de-escalate a situation so we don't make it worse and in this case the situation just really didn't change," said Lt. Ron Tinseth from the Eugene Police Department.

Officers blocked off 18th Avenue from Chambers to Arthur Street while the man was still considered a threat to the public.

Once again, police say the man is no longer a threat to the public. They are still working to get him out of the residence and to a hospital.

They say there is no one else in the house with the man.

Officers have a signed search warrant. They began to withdraw some resources, but officers will remain on scene to guard the public.

As of 6:30 p.m. Saturday, police were still monitoring the man inside his home.

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