UPDATED 1:07 PM PT — Saturday, May 23, 2020
New York City police talked a man down after he threatened to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge. The incident happened early Friday morning after members of the NYPD Emergency Service Unit climbed the Manhattan tower of the bridge amid reports of a man on top of the tower.
A despondent male has scaled the Brooklyn Bridge and is threatening to jump. #ESU is actively gearing up to rescue the male. #Aviation & #Harbor are providing aerial surveillance and waterside security pic.twitter.com/3hcKGuB4zw
— NYPD Special Ops (@NYPDSpecialops) May 22, 2020
Negotiators talked to the man for around three hours before finally bringing him to safety.
Before agreeing to come down, the man reportedly asked police for cigarettes.
“Like in the movies, this is a negotiation and there’s a give-and-take,” explained Lieutenant Michael Licitra. “We wanted him off the edge, and we were able to do that by giving him a cigarette.”
The bridge was closed to traffic until the early evening, when the man was finally brought to safety.
Every day, NYPD officers put their lives on the line to protect New Yorkers.
Yesterday— without hesitation, our @NYPDSpecialops officers climbed the Brooklyn Bridge to help save a despondent man from jumping.
Their heroic efforts helped save a life and prevented a tragedy. pic.twitter.com/uU94KEYmne
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) May 23, 2020
According to authorities, the man was taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.