Police talk man off top of downtown Fort Worth, TX building

Police on Tuesday persuaded a man who threatened to jump from the top of a building in downtown Fort Worth after several hours of intervention, according to a police spokesman.

The man was in a parking garage on the 1200 block of Houston Street, police said. They said before 10 p.m. they managed to get the man off the roof and take him for evaluation, but did not say what time. He was still on the roof at around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

A witness said on Twitter just before 11 a.m. that the man threatened to jump towards Houston Street.

Dustin Schneider said in a Twitter message to the Star Telegram that around 11 a.m., police were telling people in the area not to take videos or enlarged photos of the man while they worked to get him safely off the roof.

At the time, police still allowed pedestrian traffic along the sidewalks but blocked the road, Schneider said.

Police later cordoned off the area and rerouted all traffic while officers worked for hours to get the man to safety.

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