Police in Tuscaloosa, Alabama Prevent Possible Suicide on Hugh Thomas Bridge Wednesday
Police officers in Tuscaloosa were able to prevent a possible suicide attempt Wednesday afternoon on the Hugh Thomas Bridge, officials have confirmed to the Tuscaloosa Thread.
Stephanie Taylor, the public information officer for the Tuscaloosa Police Department, said a concerned passerby called dispatchers around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday to report that a man was threatening to jump from the northbound lanes of the bridge into the Black Warrior River below.
Several TPD patrol officers responded to the scene and after nearly 30 minutes of negotiations with the man, they were able to talk him off the ledge and transport him for medical treatment in the area.
"Two of the officers who responded were members of our Crisis Intervention Team," Taylor told the Tuscaloosa Thread. "They were quickly able to ensure the most positive outcome from this situation."
Traffic was briefly snarled because of the police and paramedic response to the scene, Taylor said, but it was clearing up around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
This is a developing story, stay connected to the Tuscaloosa Thread for additional updates if and when they are available.