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Owasso Police Update Information Regarding This Mornings Man on Hwy Bridge

08/15/2019 – 3:48:53 PM: On Thursday, August 15, 2019, at approximately 8:13 am, Owasso E911 Center was inundated with frantic callers reporting a man standing atop the cement ledge on the barrier of US169 overlooking 66th Street North.

Multiple callers reported 66th Street North, however, when officers arrived two minutes later, it was determined it was actually 56th Street North. Arriving officers observed the man standing on the thin cement ledge overlooking 56th Street below.  Officers immediately called for Owasso Fire, EMSA, Tulsa Police and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to respond as jurisdictions in that area are confusing.

Due to the extreme circumstances the Shift Sergeant who arrived on the scene, and in the absence of other agencies, began an immediate dialogue with the individual. An OPD Crisis Negotiator actually arrived on the scene as well, prior to OHP or TPD responding.

Since Crisis Negotiations were already underway, and the changing of Negotiators is counterproductive, Owasso Police kept control of the Crisis Scene, while TPD and OHP handled scene integrity and diverting traffic. After 2 hours of Crisis Negotiations, the individual became distracted when reaching for a refreshment offered by a Negotiator.

When this short window of opportunity presented itself the Sergeant on scene tackled the individual and pulled him from the ledge. He was combative but taken into custody.

The individual was treated by EMSA and taken into protective custody by Tulsa Police. The Sergeant sustained minor injuries from struggling on the concrete and was treated and released by Owasso FD Medics. The Northbound Lanes of US169 were closed at 56th St N for the duration of the event but quickly opened once the individual was taken into custody.

 

 

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