Man in police custody after standoff on U.S. 2 trestle

  • Tue Jun 5th, 2012 8:23pm
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By Rikki King and Eric Stevick Herald Writers

EVERETT — Police took a man into custody after a three-hour standoff on the U.S. 2 trestle Tuesday afternoon.

The man, who stood on a ledge outside of the guardrail, told police he was facing some hardships.

“I guess he had a lot of personal things going on in his life,” Washington State Patrol trooper Keith Leary said.

The Monroe-area man, 37, was expected to be booked into the Snohomish County Jail on Tuesday evening, Leary said. Troopers were still determining the potential charges.

Leary credited police negotiators from Everett and Monroe with persuading the man to climb back to safety.

“They did an outstanding job,” he said.

Traffic was detoured around the trestle for hours as police tried to get the man to come back to safety.

The trestle was closed, resulting in a traffic jam for afternoon commuters in the Everett area. Nearby detour routes, such as Highway 9 and Highway 204, saw delays as well, transportation and police officials said.

Troopers were called to the trestle about 2 p.m after receiving reports that a man appeared to be preparing to jump. He climbed back onto the road shortly before 5 p.m.

The man is known to local police, Leary said. During the standoff, he was on the westbound side of the highway, over the Snohomish River.

Emergency crews from throughout the county responded, including police boats.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com