(DETROIT, MI) – On Monday, a man attempted to jump off of the McArthur Bridge, which links Belle Isle Park to Detroit. A Border Patrol agent patrolling near Belle Isle responded and assisted an off duty Michigan State Park Ranger, who had initially came into contact with the man.
The incident began around 4:30pm Monday, when the off duty Park Ranger stopped on the McArthur Bridge, during Monday’s snowstorm, to see if a couple needed help. The Border Patrol agent, from the Detroit Border Patrol Station, was on patrol in the area and responded to the scene to assist.
Upon arrival, the agent saw the Park Ranger talking to a woman while a man stood by quietly, not speaking. After a moment, the man shoved the woman, 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 man and held onto him, while he continuously tried to break free and jump into the river. While holding onto the ma, the agent was able to call for back up.
Detroit Police officers from the 7th Precinct quickly arrived and were able to assist the agent handcuff the subject. He was then transported to Detroit Receiving Hospital for further evaluation and help.
“The courage of the men and women of the law enforcement profession was evident in every aspect of protecting our community Monday,” said Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison. “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.”