December 25, 2012 04:45At approximately 1:30 a.m., the suicidal man got into a bucket raised by a Portland Fire & Rescue truck and was lowered to the ground. The man was transported to a Portland hospital for a mental health evaluation.
Freeways in all directions should be open shortly.
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On Monday December 24, 2012, at 10:50 p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to North Precinct responded to the North Weidler Street overpass above Interstate 5 on the report of a man standing outside the railing as if he was going to jump onto the freeway.
Officers arrived and began talking with the man, who was threatening to jump to the freeway below. Additional officers arrived in the area and began closing down Interstate 5 in both directions below the man.
Members of the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) have responded and are talking with the man, who is refusing to come back over the railing to safety.
Interstate 5 traffic northbound is being diverted onto I-405 at the Marquam Bridge, southbound Interstate 5 is being diverted onto I-405 at the Fremont Bridge. Interstate 84 traffic westbound is all being diverted onto I-5 southbound.
Negotiators are asking for all media and/or passersby to remain out of sight as their presence has agitated the suicidal man.
Updates will be provided when available.
Sgt. Pete Simpson