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Oglethorpe Bridge 'jumper' arrested


A 35-year-old man stood on the other side of a concrete safety barrier of the Oglethorpe Bridge, as police negotiators talked with him Monday afternoon.

According to witnesses at the scene, Dewayne Jones was standing on the bridge with a gun to his head.

The bridge linking East and West Albany was soon blocked off by officials.

"Officers immediately came to the area, closed the area off, and started redirecting traffic," said Albany Police Media Manager Phyllis Banks.

After officers arrived, Jones reportedly dropped the gun off the bridge.

Members of the Albany Dougherty Crisis Negotiating Team then took over the tense situation, talking him into coming back to safety.

"Just like any situation, the goal is to reason with somebody and appeal to them by whatever you have in common with that person or you can find in common," said Dougherty County School Police Chief Investigator J.C. Phillips.

Earlier on the phone, Jones told WALB employees that he had family problems, and drank anti-freeze Sunday trying to kill himself. He asked for a camera to interview him and then asked for video of him jumping.

"[It's] an experience I've never had before and I hope that I never have again," said Banks.

Jones' family was there. His mother watched from the edge of the bridge.

Eventually Albany Police Detective Daryl Jones finally got Jones to give him his arm, and EMS Supervisor Sam Allen sneaked in behind to grab his belt and pull him to safety.

Jones was handcuffed and taken to an ambulance, ending what Crisis Negotiators called a tense time with a feeling of great relief.

"When it's over it does [feel good]," said Phillips. "It's nerve-racking while you are dealing with it. But when it ends well, yea, it always feels well, feels good."

Jones was taken to Phoebe Putney Hospital for evaluation.  

Police have charged Jones with criminal damage to property in the second degree, and simple battery, domestic violence for an incident that happened Saturday.

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