Clarksville Police Department
Clarksville, TN – A distraught man was saved from harming himself and others when Clarksville Police Officers worked together to diffuse the situation and prevent potential serious injury or death.
It was around 2:15pm, Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 when Clarksville Police Officers were called to the bridge at 101st Parkway and Fort Campbell Boulevard. There were multiple calls to 911 about a man in his late 30s sitting, dangling his feet over the cement barrier of the bridge and a woman was standing next to him.
When Officer Walker arrived on scene and established initial contact with the man, the man became extremely agitated and made statements about wanting to harm himself. Officer Walker gave the man some space and took action to shut down traffic going over and under the bridge.
Patrol Sgt Seay, Patrol Sgt Ferguson, and Negotiator Sgt Ewing reestablished contact in an effort to bring the situation to a peaceful resolution without the man hurting himself.
In the meantime, the man had went from sitting to standing on the barrier. While Sgt Seay and Sgt Ewing talked to the man, distracting him, Sgt Ferguson was able to get into position where he was able to pull the man down from the top of the barrier. Officers risked their personal safety to remove the man from the barrier.
The quick and decisive actions of the officers on the scene were instrumental in preventing the suicidal man from harming himself, others, and providing him the opportunity to get assistance to help himself.