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I Street bridge open again after suicidal man agrees to leave span

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 - 12:09 pm

The I Street bridge was closed for about two hours Tuesday when a man threatened to jump into the Sacramento River.

The bridge that connects West Sacramento and Sacramento was closed at around 5 a.m. Lt. Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department said that a 37-year-old West Sacramento man on the bridge threatened to commit suicide by jumping into the water from the span.

First-responders from both sides of the river came to the scene in an attempt to stop him from making the decision to jump into the water. At about 7:15 a.m., the man decided to voluntarily leave the bridge and was taken to mental health professionals.

Sockman said the resolution was due to teamwork, expertise and quick response. West Sacramento and Sacramento police negotiated with the man, ensuring that he would go willingly with officers to get help.

In addition, Sacramento and West Sacramento firefighters quickly responded. Firefighters positioned themselves on the bridge and in boats below. Union Pacific Railroad, which owns the vehicle-train bridge, also had police officers on scene.

“All worked together to bring this to a successful resolution,” said Sockman. “There were plans formulated to rescue him if he did jump. It was a tremendous effort by everybody.”

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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