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Man Threatens To Jump Off 101 Freeway Overpass In Studio City [Updated]
A man is threatening to jump off of the 101 Freeway overpass in Studio City this afternoon, and police are working to talk the man down.
LAPD officers responded to reports at 1:35 p.m. of a man loitering on the Campo de Cahuenga overpass, which is located between the Lankershim and Ventura exits, LAPD Sgt. Glen McNeil told KTLA. When police arrived, the man threatened to jump and kill himself.
Firefighters have set up air cushions below the overpass, and because the man has been moving from side to side, both directions of the freeway have been closed, according to FOX 11. He appeared to be perched on the overpass. Authorities are negotiating with the man to come down.
CHP told KTLA that the 101 Freeway is closed at Lankershim Boulevard on the northbound freeway, and at Vineland Avenue going southbound. They tweeted this out at 1:54 p.m.:
^SIGALERT IN STUDIO CITY : NB US-101 AT LANKERSHIM AND SB US-101 AT CAHUENGA, ALL LANES STOPPED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO POLICE ACTIVITY— CHP PIO - LA County (@CHPsouthern) October 16, 2015
Update 5:25 p.m.: The standoff ended at about 5 p.m. when authorities pulled the man from the overpass, and firefighters deflated the air cushions, KTLA reports. The man was taken into police custody. According to Marc Brown of ABC 7, the 101 Freeway is open now, but it looks like traffic is snarled:
If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone, remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt, and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.