Someone decided to leap off the Brooklyn Bridge Tuesday night, NYPD confirms. The Brooklyn Heights Blog says the suicidal man “kept police at bay for over 30 minutes last night as he threatened to jump…
“The drama unfolded shortly after 10:30 p.m. with reports of a man, armed with a knife, threatening to commit suicide. Police responded, and found the man clinging to the outside edge of the bridgework, west of the Brooklyn tower, along the Manhattan-bound lanes of traffic. Cops from the Emergency Service Squad secured themselves to the bridge, and attempted to initiate conversation, as police and fire boats circled nearby.
“The officers encountered difficulty communicating with the subject, as he could only speak Arabic. An Arabic-speaking officer, assigned to the Transit Bureau, was located and hurried to the scene. The distraught man, still apparently armed with the knife, was now clinging to the bridge by two fingers, and he plummeted to the water seconds later.”
The man was then apparently pulled out of enveloping waters by the crew of an FDNY Marine boat. The blog reports the jumper sustained minor injuries, and is being treated at Lutheran Medical Center.