Man threatens to jump off bridge in Fort Wayne

Police say a 47-year-old man attempted to jump off a bridge in Fort Wayne Friday morning.

Posted: Aug 16, 2019 2:24 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Police say a 47-year-old man threatened to jump from the Wells Street Bridge this morning.

Officers responded to a fight at 400 Superior Street at 11:45 a.m. They said the man and another person left before they arrived but were later found and released after everyone decided not to press charges.  

Officers say the man, who has not been identified, went to the Wells Street Bridge and climbed over the rail threatening to jump.

Police went to the bridge and tried to keep the man from jumping until negotiators could arrive.

Once those officers arrived and gathered safety equipment they said they tried to talk to the man on the bridge.

The man decided to first sit on the bridge over the rail and then after briefly talking with officers climbed down to hang on the cement overhang.

He then asked officers to help him, but they were unable to get to him directed him into the water, which was about an eight foot drop from where he was hanging, police say.

Once he was in the water, officers said a rescue team led the subject to shore where he was taken into custody.

Medics assisted to make sure there was no immediate medical attention needed and the jumper was transported to a local hospital for a medical evaluation.

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