On Friday morning, a man in a mental health crisis was safely rescued from the Briar Creek Road bridge over Independence Boulevard in Charlotte, North Carolina. The incident occurred just before 2 a.m.
Radio dispatches between Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers and Charlotte firefighters provided a harrowing account of the scene. A dispatcher informed all units that the Charlotte Fire Department (CFD) was on site with possible cameras and observing the subject on the opposite side of the railing. Independence Boulevard in the area was closed off as officials worked to get the man down.
Despite threatening to harm himself, police confirmed that the man was safely removed from the bridge and taken to the hospital. The road has since reopened.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or needs someone to talk to, call or text the National Suicide Hotline at 988. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is completely confidential. In related news, Steve Smith has opened Mecklenburg County’s first behavioral health urgent care facility.