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Border Patrol Agent Saves Man on McArthur Bridge

Release Date: 
March 14, 2017

Suicide Attempt Averted

DETROIT— On Monday, March 13, a male subject attempted to jump off of the McArthur Bridge, which links Belle Isle Park to Detroit, Michigan. A Border Patrol agent patrolling near Belle Isle responded and assisted an off duty Michigan State Park Ranger who initially came into contact with the subject. 

The incident began at approximately 4:30 p.m. Monday when an off duty Michigan State Park Ranger stopped to see if a couple needed help on the McArthur Bridge during Monday’s snowstorm.

Agent saves suicidal man from McArthur Bridge in Detroit, Michigan
Agent saves suicidal man in Detroit, MI

A Border Patrol agent, from the Detroit Border Patrol Station, was on patrol in the area and responded to the scene to assist. Upon arrival, the agent exited his vehicle and witnessed the off duty Park Ranger talking to a female, while a male subject stood quiet and not speaking. After a brief moment, the male subject shoved the female, who was later identified as his wife, and attempted to climb the railing to jump from the bridge into the Detroit River. The Border Patrol agent without hesitation ran and grabbed the subject and held onto him, while he continuously tried to break free and jump into the Detroit River. While holding onto the subject, the agent was able to call for back up. Detroit Police Officers quickly arrived and were able to assist the Border Patrol agent handcuff the subject. The subject was transported to Detroit Receiving Hospital for further evaluation and help.

“The courage of the men and women of the law enforcement profession was evident in every aspect of protecting our community Monday,” said Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison. “The keen eye of the off duty Park Ranger noticing something out of place and quick response by the Border Patrol made for the best possible outcome in this situation.”

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021