Couple’s spat sends man to hospital

Find out why a major police presence rolled into one Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood establishment – and the results of the ruckus …

People outside the Powell Hurst Tavern disagree about how the fight started that escalated into a disturbance that brought out emergency responders.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
A night of socializing on June 7 at the Powell Hurst Tavern at 12344 SE Powell Boulevard soured, a little after 9:00 p.m., when a man and woman got into a disagreement that turned into a near-brawl, according to witnesses.

“I don’t know what they were fighting about,” shrugged Sandi Pollack. “But it caused quite a stir in there.”

Police patrol cars, along with an AMR ambulance and Portland Fire & Rescue Truck 7, stage in the parking lot – as officers unravel the emerging situation that people say started out as a bar fight.

Someone called 9-1-1 and soon Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers rolled out the mid-County scene, as the dueling duo was escorted out of the establishment.

Bystanders watched as AMR paramedics wheeled a gurney towards the west wall of the tavern, secured a male patient, and loaded him into the ambulance for transport to a hospital.

The heated confrontation is calmed, but a man is taken to a hospital for injuries received during the fight.

“It was a small bar fight,” commented a member of the East Precinct command staff. “A man and woman were fighting; one of them got bloodied in the incident. No weapons were involved.”

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