Suicidal woman brings Seattle traffic to halt

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on November 4, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 4 at 8:17 PM

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SEATTLE – Downtown Seattle traffic was brought to a standstill for hours while a woman was threatening to jump off the King County Courthouse roof Thursday.

Seattle Police Department spokesperson Renee Witt says it started about 1 p.m. when the woman made a phone call to someone at the courthouse saying she wanted to hurt herself. The courthouse then called police.

The woman made her way to the roof of a skybridge, then to the roof of the courthouse itself. At one point, she walked around the ledge on the roof.

She eventually jumped back down to the skybridge where she was taken into custody at about 4:30 p.m.

King County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart says the 21-year-old woman was set to testify in a sexual assault case this afternoon. Urquhart said the woman was able to gain access to the roof because a maintenance worker had propped a door open, but King County Facilities Division said it was still investigating whether that was the case.

Parts of Third, Fourth and Fifth avenues and Jefferson Street were closed during the response.

Witt says the woman will be taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for a mental evaluation.

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