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Suicidal man surrenders after more than 12 hours on Vista Bridge

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A man who spent more than 12 hours perched on the ledge of the Vista Bridge surrendered peacefully to police late Wednesday evening.

Police said the man finally walked off the bridge just after 10:30 p.m. and was taken for a mental evaluation.

Crisis negotiators spent more than five hours trying to talk him down.

Someone called police just before 10 a.m. Wednesday to report a man on the other side of the protective fence who was sitting on the bridge railing.

Police said he somehow climbed over or around the new metal suicide prevention barrier. It was installed by the city three months ago to prevent people from jumping from the bridge, which has become known as Suicide Bridge by people in the area.

He was the second man to cross the barrier and threaten to jump since the installation.

Police said they believe the barrier has already prevented others from doing the same thing.

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