Puyallup River Bridge reopens after suicidal man comes down

A 43-year-old suicidal man threatening to jump spent nearly 18 hours on the Puyallup River Bridge before coming down Thursday morning, Tacoma police said.

This was the second time this week police negotiators dealt with the man.

He spent 18 hours Monday on the roof of a neighbor’s house in the 6200 block of North 42nd Street. He threatened to kill himself before coming down.

The man was involuntarily committed.

Washington State Patrol troopers were called to the bridge about 3 p.m. Wednesday after passersby saw the man threatening to jump. Police brought out divers in case the man jumped into the water.

He was not armed in either instance.

The man came down about 8:45 a.m. Thursday and was arrested, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

The bridge, which connects Fife and Tacoma via Puyallup Avenue and Pacific Highway East, reopened about 9:15 a.m.