I-696 closes due to despondent man on overpass

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 23, 2013


A Roseville man threatening to jump off the Barkman Street overpass of Interstate 696 caused the closure of all interstate lanes during the morning of Sept. 23 until emergency personnel were able to get him down.

According to a Roseville Police Department press release, the man was despondent over health issues and was threatening to commit suicide for about 45 minutes until a crisis negotiator was able to convince him to let firefighters from Eastpointe and Roseville get him down.

The man was taken to a local hospital for observation, the release said.