PORTLAND — A man who was threatening suicide forced Portland police to shut down a section of Washington Avenue as well as entry to a nearby residential development during rush hour tonight.

Lt. Michael Jones said the 48-year-old man, who lives in Tamarlane, told a friend during a cell phone conversation that he was contemplating killing himself.

Jones said the man’s father reported the situation to police, who converged on Tamarlane, which is located between Canco Road and Washington Avenue, around 5:20 p.m.

Jones said traffic heading inbound along Washington Avenue had to be rerouted because the man’s apartment window faces the busy road.

Several cruisers and officers with their guns drawn waited outside the man’s dwelling for about 40 minutes before he came out of his home without incident.

Jones said the man, who was not charged, was taken to a local hospital.