Patrol officer helps save man from jumping off bridge

Candice Williams

A Border Patrol officer has been credited with helping to save a man who attempted Monday afternoon to jump off of the MacArthur Bridge into the Detroit River.

The incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. on the bridge that links Belle Isle Park to Detroit. An off-duty Michigan State Park ranger had approached a couple to see if they needed help during the snow storm. The Border Patrol agent responded to assist the ranger.

“Upon arrival, the agent exited his vehicle and witnessed the off duty Park Ranger talking to a female, while a male subject stood quiet and not speaking,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials wrote in a news release Tuesday.

“After a brief moment, the male subject shoved the female, who was later identified as his wife, and attempted to climb the railing to jump from the bridge into the Detroit River. The Border Patrol agent without hesitation ran and grabbed the subject and held onto him, while he continuously tried to break free and jump into the Detroit River.”

The agent called for help while holding onto the man, officials said. Detroit Police officers arrived and helped the agent handcuff the man, who was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital for evaluation.

“The courage of the men and women of the law enforcement profession was evident in every aspect of protecting our community Monday,” Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison said in a statement. “The keen eye of the off duty Park Ranger noticing something out of place and quick response by the Border Patrol made for the best possible outcome in this situation.”

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