Phoenix Police arrest a man “in crisis” on I-10 flyover

Phoenix police arrested a man Sunday morning after helping him during a crisis call and finding out he had a warrant for a crime, police said.

Interstate 10 near Seventh Avenue was closed for about an hour and a half Sunday morning as police responded to the emergency call in the area, according to a tweet from the Arizona Department of Transportation.

It’s unclear when the police first responded to the incident, but ADOT tweeted the closure for the first time around 7:30 am, indicating it was a police incident.

Phoenix Police Spokesman Sgt. Andy Williams said the Arizona Republic police responded to a “suicide attempt” near Third Avenue and I-10.

There they found a man “in crisis” who had climbed the bridge fence over the freeway, Williams said.

Police learned during the incident that the man had an arrest warrant, Williams said. They negotiated with him and the man eventually climbed back over the fence but wasn’t cooperative with officers, Williams said.

Police used less lethal ammunition and took him into custody, Williams said.

According to Williams, he was booked on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and a felony arrest warrant. The man was not identified until Sunday morning.

Services for Arizona citizens in crisis include:

  • Dial 2-1-1 to reach 211 Arizona. The same number connects callers to the Resilient Arizona Crisis Counseling Program.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Line is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255 in English and 1-888-628-9454 in Spanish. It’s free and confidential for people in need who need prevention or crisis resources for themselves or their loved ones.
  • The crisis line of the La Frontera Empact Suicide Prevention Center serves the districts of Maricopa and Pinal around the clock under the number 480-784-1500.
  • Teen Lifeline’s 24/7 crisis line serves teenagers at 602-248-8336 for Maricopa County and 1-800-248-8336 throughout the state.
  • The Trevor Project Lifeline serves LGBTQ youth at 866-488-7386 or by SMS START at 678-678.

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