Police Coax Down A Man Who Refused To Leave An 80-Foot Tree For 24 Hours
The 28-year-old man climbed down the tree in Seattle, Washington, before noon on Wednesday. He was taken into custody by police and will receive a medical evaluation.
Police in Seattle, Washington, managed to coax a 28-year-old man down from an 80-foot Sequoia tree in the city's downtown area after a 24-hour standoff, officials announced.
It is unclear why the man scaled the tree, which is believed to have been in place since the 1970s and is decorated every year for Christmas.
Police said the man was taken into custody and will receive a medical evaluation.
"It is quite a spectacle, honestly," police spokesman Patrick Michaud told The Seattle Times on Tuesday as the man clung to the tree's branches and trunk.
Michaud said police did not want to rush rescue efforts because it could make the situation dangerous.
KOMO News in Seattle livestreamed the entire event.
Seattle police received reports shortly after 11 a.m. PT on Tuesday that a man had climbed the tree, according to police.
Police negotiators and crisis intervention specialists climbed a Seattle fire truck ladder to make face-to-face contact with the man, who they believe is in the midst of a crisis. But their early rescue efforts were unsuccessful.
Police said the man threw an apple, branches, and pine cones at officers on the street below and claimed to be armed with a knife.
"Due to his violent behavior and threats, and the man's precarious position high above the ground, police are taking extreme caution to ensure the safety of everyone involved," said the police department.