bridge incident

Enid Police Department officers talk to a man threatening to jump from the North Van Buren overpass. The situation was diffused by officers after nearly three hours.

ENID, Okla. — Enid Police Department officers safely defused an incident Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, when a man threatened to jump from the North Van Buren overpass.

The incident ended with no injuries, but the overpass was closed to traffic for nearly three hours. 

Officers responded at 11:35 a.m. to a call about a man standing outside the railing on the overpass and looking down. They contacted the man, who was appeared to be under the influence of narcotics, according to EPD Capt. Tim Jacobi. He was in distress and was threatening to jump from the bridge. Officers closed the bridge to traffic and began negotiating with the man.

Almost 3 hours later, at 2:25 p.m., Sgts. Kevin Bezdicek and Casey Von Schriltz were able to take the man into protective custody, and he was taken for treatment, Jacobi said. His identity is not being disclosed. 

About 14,600 vehicles travel on the overpass daily.

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