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Police shut down I-5 near Medford for subject in crisis

Police, firefighters and mental health professionals were able to talk down someone in the midst of a mental health crisis on the Garfield overpass.

Posted: Apr 15, 2019 12:12 PM
Updated: Apr 15, 2019 12:14 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Authorities temporarily shut down Interstate-5 on Monday morning as they attempted to help a man in the midst of a mental health crisis, according to the Medford Police Department (MPD).

Officers responded to the call around 6:30 a.m. The man had climbed over fencing on the Garfield Street overpass above I-5 and was "preparing to jump," MPD said.

Meanwhile, officers from the Phoenix Police Department and Oregon State Police shut down the freeway as firefighters from Medford Fire-Rescue staged to assist.

MPD officers opened up a dialogue with the man until someone from Jackson County Mental Health arrived to assist.

"The subject was eventually talked off the fence and was provided needed services," MPD said.

The freeway was closed for about 15 minutes during the incident.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, you are not alone. Help from a professional is available at the numbers and websites below, where live crisis counselors are connect you with resources 24/7:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline / 1-800-273-8255

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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