Cops: Man talked down from Brooklyn Bridge

In this photo provided by Miketa Patel, first In this photo provided by Miketa Patel, first responders escort a man down Brooklyn Bridge support cable after successfully convincing him not to jump. The incident closed the bridge in both directions while rescuers negotiated with the man. (May 4, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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A man climbed a tower of the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday afternoon and threatened to jump but police were able to talk him down.

The incident began before 3 p.m., forcing authorities to temporarily close the bridge.

The man threatened to jump off the bridge's Manhattan tower, an NYPD spokesman said.

Detectives Keith Connelly and Gregory Welch, the first officers at the scene, donned harnesses and walked the support cables to the top of the bridge, where Sgt. John Flynn joined them.

The three Emergency Services Unit officers spoke with the man for more than an hour, learning his concerns and persuading him that he would receive the help he needed, police said.

The man, whom the NYPD identified as a 52-year-old, was escorted down a bridge wire cable shortly before 5 p.m., police said. He was taken into custody and transported to Bellevue Hospital Center for evaluation.

The bridge reopened shortly before 6 p.m., officials said.

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