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(2/5/2019, 1000 hrs) On February 4, a few minutes before noon, APD officers responded to the levee, north of the Curtis Coleman Bridge, to a report of a man trying to jump off of the train bridge. Officers arrived and found a white male lying down on a pylon below the bridge, who told officers he would jump if they approached. A member of APD's Crisis Negotiation Team, arrived on scene and established contact with the subject and began speaking with him. After approximately one hour, the male agreed to climb up to the bridge and walk off to land. The male was then transported to a local hospital for treatment.
"I want to commend Corporal Laborde, and all the members of our Crisis Negotiation Team," said Chief Jerrod King. "It's a difficult job for them, and they train regularly with situations like these so they're prepared when it happens, and that training paid off here. It's always a relief when these things are resolved without anyone being harmed, and I'm proud of our officers for accomplishing that goal."
The identity of the subject will not be released. If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or use the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.