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Jumper Talked Down From Lefty O'Doul Bridge

Update, 12:35 p.m.: Mariles says the man "is not jumping. He's apparently doing silly things up there." By "silly things," Mariles means "dancing." The police continue to wait him out.

Update, 12:41 p.m.: Web editor Alexia Tsotsis reports the man, who at one point danced and "spread his arms like Jesus" is descending from the bridge after being talked down by a tactical police officer outfitted in a Johnny Unitas throwback jersey.

Update 1:20 p.m.: Perhaps the largest convocation of cops to gather in the vicinity of Third and King since the climactic scene of Magnum Force broke up moments ago. The police successfully talked down a would-be jumper described as a "well-known area homeless person" in his 30s. Captain Dan McDonagh described the man as being in "an altered mental state."

The police tactical team also included snipers stationed within the China Basin Building, across the road from AT&T park "just in case" the man had been planning some sort of attack, confirmed a police officer on the scene. As SWAT team members filed out carrying heavy black cases, the officer noted the contents "aren't violins."

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8 Responses:

  1. korgmeister says:

    Well, that was an efficient allocation of police resources.

    • jwz says:

      Seriously, who can look at that bridge and not want to climb up there and do a little dance?

      Terrible people, that's who.

      • I walk across this bridge every day (including today, when I saw a large crowd of police watching the guy that was up there). The stairs leading all the way up to the top of the bridge start at very nearly ground level and are really quite tempting indeed. I was actually kinda jealous of the guy who was up there.

    • lafinjack says:

      Pay some homeless dude $20 to dance on a bridge, then a bank gets robbed on the other end of town...

  2. ammitbeast says:

    "Quick, get an airbag, that citizen is about to jump!"
    "What, you mean he's a homeless person? Call in the snipers."

  3. randomwalter says:

    I love the image of a bunch of black-clad tactical violinists single-filing into the building, going "hut hut hut".

    • dasht says:

      While the department spokesman reassures the press that they'll soon have a Handel on the situation even though the suspects motif is unclear. In the background, extra officers are fiddling around. Back at HQ, someone interrupts a staff meeting and flatly announces that a major incident is occurring. Annoyed at this, his director admonishes him to stay sharp. Meanwhile, back at the scene, a beat officer is trying to talk to the suspect: "Buddy, we both know the score here. Right now you are only facing minor charges. Why don't you come down and take a rest?" Alas, the suspect is too jazzed up up to comply. From the street below a chorus rises: "Jump! Jump!". An alert sergeant, fearing that the tempo of events is getting out control, chordons off the crowd. Authorization from the higher brass arrives and the violinists begin their movement with a sharp attack. The suspect, his savage breast soothed, scales down the side of the bridge, the patrol cops put away their batons, the event reaches its finale and harmony is restored to our fair city as the onlookers applaud the uplifting resolution.

      (Sorry, I know horrible puns can be painful to reed, and perhaps aren't really with the program, sonata 'nother word.)