Ofc. Ben Maplethorpe
Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 10:30 p.m.
A man was taken into protective custody after hanging from the Thor St overpass on Interstate 90 forcing traffic to be shut down. He was removed by Spokane Police officers with the assistance of the Spokane Fire Department and Washington State Patrol.
This evening, June 4, 2016, just after 7:00pm, a man climbed out onto the side of the Thor St overpass on I90. A passing SCRAPS officer saw the man and stopped to offer assistance. The officer notified Police dispatch and units from Spokane Police, Washington State Patrol and Spokane City Fire Department responded. Traffic was stopped in both directions on I90 to protect the man who was making suicidal statements. Negotiators from Spokane Police spoke to the man and were able to coax him to safety. The man is being held pending a mental health evaluation. Traffic was reopened on I90 a short time later.
Spokane Police would like to thank everyone for their patience while this dangerous situation was resolved. This incident is a shining example of the level of collaboration between Spokane Police and other local agencies.
Spokane Police encourage anyone who witnesses a dangerous situation to call 911 or Crime Check at 509-456-2233.
Officer John O'Brien