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Suicidal man talked down from Evansville apartment roof

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Police negotiators spent more than three hours Tuesday morning talking to man who was threatening to jump from the 10th floor of an Evansville apartment building.

It was a tense situation for officials Tuesday morning after they received a phone call from a man who said he was getting ready to jump from a ledge at the Grandview Tower Apartments.

Officials closed Diamond Avenue for more than three hours between First Avenue and Kratzville Road.

They say during these situations, it's important to eliminate an audience that may provoke the situation.

"My next door neighbor came to my door banging saying there were five fire trucks out there and countless cop cars out there, and somebody on the 10th floor kitchen area threatening to jump," Grandview Tower resident, Ryan Griffith said.

The man in his late twenties, which we are not identifying, was on the outside of the balcony railing while negotiators calmly talked and listened to him.

"When we first got here, he gave us a five minute time frame to resolve whatever problems he had or he was going to jump," EPD Sgt. Jason Cullum said.

"His brother lives here, but the man does not live here that is threatening to jump," Griffith said.

Griffith says he is friends with the man's brother and tells 14 News some of his family was present, but they were not permitted to talk with the man during the situation.

"Family members or people the person knows can actually agitate them, so we have to evaluate that on a case by case basis," Cullum said.

Evansville police have several trained negotiators that officials say were key in the situation.

"They work a lot with the SWAT team on hostage situation negotiations, as well as suicidal subjects and that training came into play today," Cullum said.

Patience and getting subjects to trust the negotiators are protocol. Negotiators worked for three and a half hours before the man agreed to come over the railing and into the apartment.

 Official say they are treating this as a crisis intervention and don't expect to file an criminal charges.

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