[UPDATE 7:03 p.m.] Roads Close in Arcata as Man Clings to Outside of 7th Street Bridge
“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
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.UPDATE 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.:
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 6:55 p.m.: Here’s a gif of the officers leaping the caution tape and racing after the man.
UPDATE 7:03 p.m.: Roads are reopening.