California Highway Patrol Officers with the assistance of local agencies pulled a man off the Antioch bridge after the man threatened to jump for more than two hours Tuesday morning.
The incident shut down the Antioch Bridge just before 8:00 and the individual was taken into custody shortly before 10:00 am.
Police originally responded to a call of a report of a man carrying a pistol and a kitchen knife who was on the Antioch Bridge and blocked traffic at 7:37 am.
According to radio traffic, the subject stated police needed to back off because he had an AK-47. Police confirmed he had no weapons.
As the incident continued on, police blocked off traffic in both directions of the bridge and tried to communicate with the man. At one point, it appeared he threw two cell phones into the water below and several times went over the ledge and put himself position to jump.
Police continued to negotiate with the subject as Coast Guard and Sheriffs Marine Patrol moved into position below. Police were able to grab the subjects arm as he attempted to jump. It took about 6 officers to hold the man as he tried to push off the ledge with his feet. The officers never let go.
The bridge was reopened by 10:30 am.
CHP issued the following release:
Today at 7:47 AM, CHP – Contra Costa received reports of a man who had stopped his vehicle within the northbound SR-160 lane of the Antioch Bridge. The man began acting erratically and at 8:07 AM, the California Highway Patrol closed both directions of travel on SR-160 near this location due to safety concerns. The California Highway Patrol, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department, Antioch Police Department, Oakley Police Department, and the United States Coast Guard coordinated efforts to bring this man safely into custody at 9:46 AM. The highway has been reopened.
Agencies on scene included: Antioch Police, Oakley Police, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff, California Highway Patrol and the US Coast Guard.
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