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Friday, September 30, 2016

Man threatening suicide in Echo Park*

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.



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  1. 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.

    A firefighter approached from inside, and struck up a dialog with him. Shortly afterward, he was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to an area hospital by ambulance for treatment of the incision to his wrist, and psychiatric evaluation. The cut was not life-threatening. As of this writing, he would not say how he ended up at that particular building, or if he had business there prior to inflicting his injury and threatening suicide.

    Wes
    [email protected]
    (213) 484-3400

  2. With all due respect, I work in the building where this happened. I’m curious what you mean by :without incident.” He did *not* surrender. He was tackled by four LAFD fire fighters, subdued and then cuffed.

  3. re: heather waters comment
    as he should be.
    he was not in his right mind to surrender.
    but i guess you are just pointing out an inaccuracy in the report…

  4. I don’t see it as an inaccuracy in Lt. Buhrmeister’s report. “Without incident” typically means the subject was apprehended without further damage either to himself, the police and firefighters responding, any bystanders and property. That he was forcefully taken into custody is far less surprising to me than had he thrown his hands in the air and given up willingly.

  5. Regarding “without incident,” I fell victim to cop talk, it would seem. There was no prolonged struggle, no blows struck or weapons deployed, no injuries to officers or bystanders, and no further injury to the subject. The firefighters, I am told, acted quickly because they saw a window of opportunity when they had a position of advantage, and the element of surprise.

    Wes
    [email protected]
    (213) 484-3400

  6. Is it just me, or does Lt. Wes Buhrmester give the LAPD a good name?

  7. Jesse, it isn’t just you. Lt. Buhrmester is awesome.

  8. i’m chiming in too, to say that Lt. Buhrmester is awesome. i appreciate the way you always keep the community informed, sir!

  9. Speaking of inaccuracies, my apologies to Lt. Buhrmester for misspelling his name in my above comment. To prevent it happening again from here on out I’m just going to call him Lt. Awesome.

  10. LOL @ Will Campbell.

    He IS! I’m going one further to say thank you Lt. Awesomester for all your timely, professional and compassionate updates on behalf of the LAPD. You deserve a raise and/or recognition for a consistent job well done.

  11. Fan of Lt. Awesomester

    Agreed to the above. Thank you Lt. for offering your contact information so that we can follow up on any questions and/or concerns. You really do give LAPD and the Rampart division a good name. We appreciate you! How can we let your boss know???

  12. Well, fellow readers, I am certainly humbled! Please keep in mind I am simply a public servant who stumbled into a job he really enjoys! I like the interaction on this blog, second only to the in-person interactions I’ve encountered. As for my boss, Captain Gina Sanders, I will show this post to her.

    Thanks again, and I’ll keep you informed on what’s going on. If we mess up, let the readers and me hear about it and I’ll look into it. And, as I’ve said before, if you wish to phone or e-mail me directly, it remains confidential unless you say otherwise.

    Wes
    [email protected]
    (213) 484-3400

  13. alicia cabrera-thomas

    Awe, Wes, I am thinking Lt Awesome is very happening indeed!!!

  14. I echo the sentiments of my fellow citizens. Lt. Buhrmester, you sir are a credit to the badge.

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