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Redding law enforcement convinces man not to jump off bridge

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REDDING, Calif. - Two lanes were closed on the Cypress Bridge Friday around 11 a.m. after a man looked like he was going to jump off of it.

Redding law enforcement officers responded and started trying to talk down the man planning to jump off the edge and into the Sacramento River.

Police said they believe the man had a history of mental health issues. It took about 30 minutes to convince him back over the railing to safety. He was then taken to an area hospital for an evaluation.

Three officers on the scene were Hostage Negotiators trained for this kind of incident.

Sgt. Levin Solada said that all officers, however, receive some training to prepare for these kinds of situations.

"In a situation like this, one of the most important things is to develop a communication with the individual and we have people who have received specialized training in that. All of our officers receive CIT, or Crisis Intervention Training," Solada said.

Law enforcement wanted to thank the public for being cautious and driving slow with the road closures.

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