Police units have converged on the Citibank office tower in Echo Park this morning and closed off nearby streets after a man reportedly threatened to commit suicide. Early reports from police and residents indicate the man is threatening to jump from a balcony on the property or the Sunset Boulevard bridge that crosses Glendale Boulevard.
* Update: The man has surrendered to a firefighter, said Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Division. Authorities are now reopening streets that had been blocked off during the incident. Buhrmester in a comment to this post provided more details about the man:
A sad incident, the subject, a 61-year-old male from the East Coast, was despondent because he was in California with no family or acquaintances. He slashed one wrist rather severely, and was threatening to jump from the second floor of the Citibank Building, which was a height of about 40 feet. The area was cordoned off because he made statements alluding to jumping if he saw a crowd forming, or if he saw police or firefighters. An air bag was deployed below him by firefighters, as he sat on the railing with one leg over the side.