When citizens are in distress on the Harbor Bridge, the Corpus Christi Fire and Police Department are usually the first to respond to the call in case of rescue.
On Monday, May 31, 2021, Corpus Christi Fire and Police Department along with the activated Coast Guard helicopter and Port of Corpus Christi vessels responded to the rescue of man on the Harbor Bridge threatening to jump.
When first responders arrived to the scene, they attempted to talk to the man. However, the man took off some clothing and threw it over the bridge and told police to shoot him.
In all, first responders spent approximately an hour trying to reason with the man who swung his legs over the edge of the bridge, which was unaccessible since it was apart from the actual walkway for those who walk the bridge.
The Corpus Christi Crónica was broadcasting Live on the Facebook page as hundreds of people prayed for the young Hispanic man who police say had mental health issues.
Negotiators were successful in reasoning with the man who was in heavy distress. The man voluntarily crossed back to where first responders where he was checked out for a mental analysis. The man was taken to a nearby mental institution for further counseling.
The good news is the man is safe and is currently getting the help he needs on Memorial Day.
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