ITHACA, NY — Ithaca Police said they were able to deescalate an individual in crisis who was perched on a bridge and armed with a knife, then convince them to agree to receive medical treatment.

According to a police press release, the incident reportedly began with a request for a welfare check regarding a suicidal individual in the area of the South Aurora Street Bridge spanning over Green Street. Police responded to the call on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at approximately 9:37 p.m., but were unable to find the individual at the location they were called to. 

The Ithaca Police Department reported that officers were eventually able to locate the person in question at the bridge along the 800 block of West Buffalo Street. When police initially approached them, the person was wielding a knife and threatening to harm themselves and the officers.

Police were able to establish a rapport with the subject, get them to place the knife down, and agree to receive medical treatment. With the situation de-escalated, Bangs Ambulance Company responded to provide medical attention and the person was transported to a regional hospital for further treatment.

Jimmy Jordan

Jimmy Jordan is a general assignment reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact him at jjordan@ithacavoice.com