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Police reopen Monroe Street Bridge after brief closure on reports of suicidal male

UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2018

The Monroe Street Bridge. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
The Monroe Street Bridge. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
From staff reports

Police briefly closed the Monroe Street Bridge on Wednesday afternoon to negotiate with a reported suicidal male with a gun underneath the bridge’s north side.

Police said initial calls came in at around 1:45 p.m., when callers reported a man holding a gun to his head near the Centennial Trail. Multiple officers arrived, closing the bridge for roughly 45 minutes.

By 2:15 p.m., officers were able to convince the man to put down the weapon and walk slowly toward them, police said. He was detained without incident shortly after.

Police said in a news release the gun was an airsoft pistol. The man was taken to a hospital for mental health treatment.

The bridge was reopened at 2:30 p.m.

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