Safe Conclusion Reached Following Incident on Calgary’s Reconciliation Bridge

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After over 20 hours of negotiation, the Calgary Police Service has safely resolved the issue in East Village, which impacted access in and around the downtown area.

According to a Thursday News Release by the police, On Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at around 11:20 p.m., officers were called to the Reconciliation Bridge, located at 500 Fourth Avenue S.E., for reports of a man suffering from a mental health crisis who had climbed to the top of the bridge.

The CPS and emergency crews attempted to make contact with the man, and closed the roads in the area for both the safety of the man and the public accessing the area.

“On Thursday, at around 6 p.m., after hours of negotiation utilizing several techniques made possible in partnership with the Calgary Fire Department, police were able to successfully negotiate with the man to voluntarily be taken down to safety. The man has since been transported to hospital”, said Police.

“We recognize that this incident significantly impacted access for many Calgarians commuting into the downtown area for work, accessing their homes and local businesses, while also causing several delays in the surrounding areas.”

Due to the incident, multiple bridges in the downtown area were closed, including the Reconciliation Bridge, the Fourth Avenue Flyover and the Fifth Avenue flyover.

Calgary police says they were aided by the Calgary Fire Department, the City of Calgary, and Alberta Health Services in bringing a safe conclusion to the incident.

Charges are pending regarding the incident as investigations are still ongoing.

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