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Man comes down from sign above I-244 after several hours

Close up shot of man on sign over I-244
Wide-shot afar from man on sign above I-244
Posted at 9:43 AM, Jun 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-21 14:05:35-04

TULSA, Okla. — A man is down from a sign over I-244 after climbing up Tuesday morning.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies worked bring down a man who was on top of a sign over I-244 near the Southwest Boulevard exit.

According to TPD, the man had a similar incident in Bartlesville but did not elaborate further on those details. The man asked to talk to only BPD officials and they arrived on the scene around 11:50 a.m.

He came down from the sign just before 4 p.m. and taken to a hospital to be checked out.

It wasn't a negotiator who talked the man down, it was actually a passerby. Rick Jewell said he saw the man and his faith in God made him stop to see if he could help.

"I prayed real hard before I talked to him and god gave me the words," Jewell said.

Jewell said he has lost people he knew to suicide and felt compelled to try to talk the man down.

If anyone sees anyone in mental crisis they can call COPES at 918-744-4800. They should call 911 if they see someone likely to harm themselves

An average of 45,000 people dies by suicide in the U.S. every year. If you or someone you know is in need of help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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