PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland police shut down the Burnside Bridge and detained 13 men Wednesday evening after they received a report that a man on the bridge had an assault rifle.
According to spokesman Robert King, police shut down the bridge just after 7:30 p.m. while they investigated.
Police found 13 bearded men, many of whom wore military style uniforms. One of the men had an assault rifle, King said. They were taken to the Central Precinct.
Several of the men told KATU News they were on their way to take a photo under the "Portland, Oregon" sign near the Burnside Bridge to raise money for breast cancer research. The men said the photo was going to be part of their beard club calendar.
One man brought an assault rifle for the photo shoot.
Someone called police when they saw one of the men holding a rifle on the bridge.
King said two of the men were charged with disorderly conduct for handling the rifle. It's unclear if any of the other 11 men will be charged with a crime.
The bridge was opened at around 8:15.
This story will be updated.