CONCORD — Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputies were able to de-escalate a potential rush-hour tragedy Tuesday morning after a man threatened to commit suicide on the County Highway F bridge over Interstate 94.
At 6:50 a.m., the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a subject pacing back and forth on the Highway F overpass bridge. The man had a knife and had appeared to be preparing to jump from the bridge.
With the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol, both eastbound and westbound traffic was stopped on I-94, along with northbound and southbound traffic on Highway F.
“Initial responding deputies of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office made verbal contact with the subject and requested that the Jefferson County Crisis Negotiation Team also respond,” according to a news release. “Upon arriving on scene, crisis negotiators took over face-to-face negotiations with the subject.”
The man dropped the knife at 7:50 a.m., and complied with the directives given by law enforcement officers. He was unharmed and was taken for psychological evaluation.
“Thanks to the professionalism and patience of the officers on scene, nobody sustained any injuries,” the release said. “Thank you also goes out to EMS who were on standby and the Jefferson County Highway Department for their assistance with traffic.”
The Highway F bridge at Concord and the I-94 lanes in both directions were closed from approximately 7:17 until 7:51 a.m., Chief Jeffery Parker said.
“These types of things are real personal and we don’t deal with the news media on these matters when people are in crisis,” Parker said in explaining why the name and age of the man was not being reported.