110 Freeway Temporarily Closed After Man Threatens to Jump From Overpass

A shirtless man was taken into custody Saturday afternoon on a bridge above the 110 Freeway in South Angeles, ending a massive traffic jam and an hourslong standoff in which he had threatened to jump from the overpass, officials said.

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Firefighters set up three large inflatable cushions on the southbound lanes of the 110 Freeway in South Los Angeles after a man threatened to jump from the bridge above on Saturday, June 14, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Los Angeles police and firefighters, California Highway Patrol officers and L.A. County sheriff’s deputies responded about 3:32 p.m. to the 500 block of West Adams Boulevard (map), between downtown and the USC campus, where the man was perched above the busy freeway.

LAPD officials closed all lanes on the 110, and firefighters set up three large inflatable cushions in the southbound lanes. Traffic was backed up for miles in both directions.

Authorities engaged in a lengthy negotiation with the man, who surrendered about 6:15 p.m., news video showed.

He was uninjured and “will be getting the help that he needs,” a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department’s Southwest Division said.

The man would likely be placed on a so-called 5150, or a psychiatric hold for evaluation, the spokesperson said.

Freeway traffic began moving again after all northbound and southbound lanes were reopened.