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5 Freeway reopens after possibly suicidal man is taken into custody

The 5 Freeway has been reopened and a man who was standing on a ledge of an overpass has been arrested

The 5 Freeway was reopening Friday night after being shut down in East Los Angeles for more than three hours after a possibly suicidal man refused to leave the ledge of an overpass. 

"He's in custody. We're opening up traffic lanes again," said California Highway Patrol dispatcher Heather McCrary. 

The CHP received calls about 3:40 p.m. about suspicious activity involving a possible jumper on the freeway overpass near Olympic Boulevard, and all lanes were shut down on both sides about 10 minutes later, authorities said.

Lanes began reopening about 7:15 p.m.

The backup of Southern California’s key north-south route caused ripple effects across the region, also affecting the southbound 101 from the San Fernando Valley and the northbound 710 from Long Beach.

Sgt. R. Laflin of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said crisis negotiators were brought in to talk to the man. Television footage showed the county Fire Department’s deployment of two giant yellow inflatable air cushions below the ledge in case the man fell.

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UPDATES

7:32 p.m.: This post has been updated with confirmation the man is now in custody. 

6:45 p.m. This post has been updated with officials saying no progress has been made in coaxing the possibly suicidal man from the ledge. 

5:22 p.m.: This post has been updated with Los Angeles County Sgt. R. Laflin saying the individual is possibly suicidal.

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