[UPDATE 7:03 p.m.] Roads Close in Arcata as Man Clings to Outside of 7th Street Bridge

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A man is hanging on the outside of the 7th Street Overpass bridge. Officers are talking to him. [Cell phone photos by Oliver Cory.]

Multiple law enforcement agencies are responding to the 7th Street bridge which spans Hwy 101 in Arcata. Officers are talking to a man hanging outside of the fence on the 7th Street Overpass as of about 6 p.m.

“Units running breaks to slow traffic down,” says an officer on the scene referring to traffic on Hwy 101. Officers are closing down traffic on the 7th Street overpass

Mental health caseworkers on their way, reports the dispatcher.oliver 2

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imageUPDATE 6:18 p.m.: More photos from Oliver Cory.
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UPDATE 6:21 p.m.: What appears to be a woman social worker speaks to the man and hands him a cigarette. image

UPDATE 6:28 p.m.: The Department of Mental Health worker is the man’s housing worker. A mental health specialist has been requested.

UPDATE 6:33 p.m.: Officers look on as a knot of people attempt to talk the man into coming off the bridge. Meanwhile, a mental health worker is reportedly about 10 minutes away according to scanner traffic.imageUPDATE 6:40 p.m.: “We’re loosing some ground now he moved back towards the freeway,” reports the incident commander to dispatch.

UPDATE 6:43 p.m.:

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UPDATE 6:45 p.m.: The man climbed the fencing on the bridge. “He intends to run,” said the Incident Commander. The man jumped onto the deck of the overpass but he was caught almost immediately.

“We’ve got the subject detained,” the commander says over the scanner.

UPDATE 6:48 p.m.: Here are the final shots from the scene taken by Oliver Cory with his cell phone.
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UPDATE 6:55 p.m.: Here’s a gif of the officers leaping the caution tape and racing after the man.

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UPDATE 7:03 p.m.: Roads are reopening.

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