DETECTIVE JOSHUA FRIED AND FELLOW OFFICERS TALK SUICIDAL MAN OFF I-75 OVERPASS LEDGE:
At approximately 4:47 p.m. Detective Richard Tuck heard a call come over the radio reporting there was a suicidal man hanging on the exterior fence of the SW 43rd Street Road I-75 overpass. He notified Detective Joshua Fried, who is a trained hostage negotiator, and they responded to the scene.
When they arrived Officer Brennan Grady, Officer John Hilton, and Sergeant Casey Eades were with the man, who advised he believed there were pending drug charges against him. He also stated that people had been following him for several days. (At this time, we have not been able to confirm any pending charges.)
Through conversation, the Officers and Det. Fried were able to get him to climb to the top of the fence, but at that point the man would not continue and expressed specific needs to be met. Det. Fried responded by immediately making arrangements via phone, and as a result the man climbed the rest of the way down.
“It ended with a handshake and a hug,” said Detective Fried. “As promised.”
The man has been Baker Acted so he may receive an evaluation and treatment if needed.
We could not be more proud of Detective Fried, Officer Grady, Officer Hilton, and Sergeant Eades for saving this man’s life. Special thanks to all of our Officers who responded; blocking roads quickly, diverting traffic, and ensuring the safety of everyone in the area.
And to the anonymous woman (you know who you are) who stepped up to assist without hesitation, we thank you! This would not have been possible without your cooperation.