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DATE/TIME: Sunday, November 7th, 2004 / 05:45 AM
SUBJECT:MAN DIES FROM BRIDGE JUMP – OFFICERS TRIED TO STOP HIM

At about 2:30 this morning, a 35-year-old man committed suicide by jumping from the Cotton Factory Hollow Bridge, despite the best efforts of several officers who physically tried to stop him. The bridge crosses I-890 and connects Hamilton Hill to Mont Pleasant via Hulett Street.

At about 2:15, officers responded to a report of a person climbing the bridge’s safety fence. Arriving officers observed a male sitting on top of the fence on the west side of the bridge, approximately 200’ south of Strong Street. Two officers climbed the fence and grabbed the man’s hands, but he tried to push away from them and slipped out of his coat. The officers reached through the fence and were able to hold onto him by his clothing. Other officers arrived and also held onto the man through the fence. He tried pushing away again, slid down to the bottom of the fence and was dangling from the bridge as the officers continued their attempts to grasp him through the fence. The man then started flailing his legs wildly and the officers lost their grip. He fell approximately 75’ onto the shoulder of the westbound lanes of I-890 and was killed.

The man’s name is not being released at this time pending notification of his family.

I-890 westbound was reopened shortly before 5 a.m.

No other information is available at this time.