Suicidal Man on SR-94 Overpass in Custody

Some lanes remained closed Wednesday

By Sarah Grieco and Michelle Wayland
|  Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011  |  Updated 8:57 AM PDT
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Suicidal Man on SR-94 Overpass in Custody

This image shows the jumper on the side of the fence talking with negotiators on the right.

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A man who tied up traffic for hours while threatening to jump off an overpass of State Route 94  was finally taken into custody just before 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

California Highway Patrol and San Diego police responded to the area of SR-94 and 30th Street overcrossing just before 2 p.m. Tuesday after reports of a man spotted walking along the fence on the overpass.

The CHP opened most lanes in time for the morning commute on Wednesday morning, but the man still refused to come down.

The westbound side of SR-94 had two lanes closed on Wednesday morning, according to the CHP. The westbound side had one lane closed.

Both directions of SR-94 were shut down Tuesday while a CHP negotiator talked with the individual.

Aerial view of the incident showed a man wearing a plaid sweatshirt standing on a small ledge against a green mesh fence. Police were cutting the fence while the man stood above the highway.

After a hole was cut in the fence, the man asked negotiators for some space. He stepped through momentarily to smoke, but then returned to the ledge. Later, he received a bottle of water through the hole in the fence.

He later took a second cigarette through the fence hole. Negotiators were switched out just after sunset.

Westbound traffic was backed up as police diverted cars around the overpass. Traffic on SR-94 also affected travelers on Interstate 15.

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