COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A man is safely down after spending nearly nine hours on top of an electrical tower.
Police worked into the wee hours of Tuesday morning to help the man, who was threatening to harm himself.
The episode began around 4:20 Monday afternoon when the Colorado Springs Police Department were called out to the area of Galley Road and North Academy on reports that someone had scaled a transmission tower. After getting on scene and confirming this was the case, officers set up a perimeter around the tower, and Springs Utilities was called to turn off the tower so the man didn't electrocute himself.
For the next several hours, the officers -- and later, members of the Colorado Springs Police Negotiator Team -- worked to build a dialogue with the man and convince him to come down. A crowd was drawn to the scene as the incident unfolded.
"As the officer was building rapport with the male, a large crowd gathered in the area. The crowd began chanting at the male which made his behavior more erratic and hindered officers' efforts to safely bring the man down," the police department wrote on the blotter.
Some who were there told 11 News they went to show the man love in his time of distress, with several holding signs stating he mattered and life would get better.
"At the end we gathered and prayed for ... the man on the pole," a woman told 11 News.
Police said most in the crowd adhered to their request not to do anything
to agitate the man.
"A party with a bullhorn was contacted in the crowd. When he was advised his efforts to help were causing the man to be more erratic he complied with our request to stop using the bullhorn."
A handful didn’t listen, and two kids were arrested as a result, police said.
Just after 1 a.m. Tuesday, the man climbed down. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
If you are having thoughts of suicide:
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.