Knoxville Police Officers Talk Man Off Interstate Bridge

Knoxville Police officers successfully talk a man off an interstate bridge.
After over two hours of careful negotiations, KPD officers successfully talked the man standing on the guardrail of the Baxter Avenue bridge over I-275 from the bridge last night (Sunday). The 37 year-old man was taken to the hospital for evaluation. One of the negotiators rode with the man in the ambulance to ensure that he felt safe and comforted until being left in the care of hospital staff.
“I am proud of the compassionate and empathetic response of our officers to assist an individual in crisis,” Chief of Police Eve Thomas said. “Crisis negotiators responded without hesitation to help deescalate this situation, while a multitude of Central Business District and West District officers pitched in to ensure this came to a successful resolution. This was a team effort with one singular purpose in mind – to help a person in need.”

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