Release Date/Time: 4/11/2015 4:44 PM
Date: Saturday, 4/11/2015
Time: 10:09 AM
Location: Greenbelt area of Sansome Drive
At about 1000 a citizen called in about a subject who saw a male walk across the greenbelt directly to an electrical tower and begin climbing. When officers arrived, the found a 47 year old male sitting on the crossbars about 3/4 the way up. Upon seeing the officer, he climber to the top and became very agitated yelling for police to shoot him. PG&E, Salinas Fire, Salinas Police Hostage Negotiation Team adn Crisis Workers from Natividad Medical Center's Crisis Team all responded. PG&E deactivated the powerline causing a temporary outage to the immediate area. For the next 3 1/2 hours negotiators attempted to talk the man down, getting little to no responses from him. Finaly, at aproxiamtely 1320 hours, the male complied with officers instructions to climb down. Although a ladder had been positioned for the final portion of the decent, the subject chose to jump the last 12-15 feet from the tower. when he landed his feet went out from under him causing him to fall onto his back, possibly causing a fractured tailbone. He was taken intocustody wihout furthr indident and taken to Natividad Medical Center for evaluation by Mental Health Staff.
Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander
Telephone: (831) 758-7250