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Key Bridge Closed, Fire and EMS Respond to Jumper Tuesday Night

The Key Bridge was closed to both inbound and outbound traffic for several hours Tuesday night.

Final Update 9:15 p.m.

Police spent about three hours Tuesday evening dealing with a man who was threatening to jump off of the Key Bridge in Georgetown. Police closed the Key Bridge in both directions and several roads leading to the bridge during the peak of the rush hour Tuesday.

Eventually, police were able to convince the man not to jump and took him into custody.

Updated 7:50 p.m.

The Key Bridge has re-opened and all street closures are over. The man is now in police custody, according to police.

Updated 6:38 p.m.

A man is still threatening to jump off of the Key Bridge in Georgetown, according to Metropolitan Police Department Public Information Officer Paul Metcalf.

Traffic is snarled throughout Georgetown.

Updated 5:55 p.m.

The Metropolitan Police Department has shut down all westbound traffic on K Street at 25th and 27th Streets.

Updated 5:35 p.m.

DC Fire and EMS and the Metropolitan Police Department are on the scene of a jumper at the Key Bridge.

The Key Bridge is closed to all traffic.

Traffic is being diverted eastbound on M Street to Pennsylvania Avenue and westbound M Street to Canal Road NW. According to police, the Whitehurst Freeway and 27th and K Street NW are also being shut down.

"Motorists expect major delays on M St, NW," according to tweet sent from the official MPD Twitter account.

DC Fire and EMS Batallion Chief Brian Lee confirmed that his agency has units on the scene, but he said they were not able to confirm if there was, in fact, a jumper.

Tweets sent from the official MPD Twitter account advise drivers to "Avoid the area" and that the "Key Bridge is closed until further notice."

According to MPD Public Information Officer Paul Metcalf, the call came in at 4:42 p.m. and MPD, DC Fire and EMS and the DC Harbor Patrol have responded.

Patch will provide updates as more information becomes available.

RNM January 09, 2013 at 03:32 AM
Iroy65...I believe strongly in the right of an individual to control their own life. Want to crawl over the fence on the bridge and jump to your death, as odd as I think it may be I support that ultimate right of self control. Life is ultimately cost benefit analysis. Is the life of a person hanging off a bridge worth a dime, sure...how about a trillion dollars that could be used to save countless other lives? Somewhere between a dime and a trillion is the value that triage of humanity places on life. The passed out stranger on the street gets help, as Reagan signed it into law and recently re-codified in the ACA. The person who hangs out on the edge of a bridge thinking about jumping and (granted not by his choice) ties up the rest of society in his issues gets less. His rights end where ours begin. Kind to a person sure, but also respect the individual enough to let them end their life or live their life as they see fit.
RNM January 09, 2013 at 03:37 AM
I love when people who live in a world where the atrocities that exist in and out of our country throw down the not value human life guantlet. I value human life, just not all equally. I am not afraid to admit it. I value the lives of my family more than a friend, a friend more than a neighbor, a neighbor more than a stranger in my town and so on up to the half dozen people who have died around the world while I typed this. Honestly, I feel for the person who is so tied up with the loss of every human life on the planet.
RNM January 09, 2013 at 03:42 AM
Not at all, fine day and don't have an office or a dog, two cats and they don't care about human by nature (cat joke). Just, think it is sad that we as a society slam to a halt because a guy climbed over a fence. Note to potential terrorists, want to create a sitting duck society, just get a few guys willing to play the part of a jumper and the city coud be gridlocked while all sorts of nefarious actions happen.
DPR January 09, 2013 at 04:48 PM
somehow I knew you are a cat person
Charlie McPoyle January 29, 2014 at 08:44 PM
This is crazy! This is truly sad to see someone end their life in such a way. http://actrends.com

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