A man threatening to leap from the Tappan Zee Bridge has been taken into custody after cutting himself with a knife and consequently being tasered by police, according to emergency officials.
Police and volunteer firefighters began investigating a report of a possible jumper on the Tappan Zee Bridge at about 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday evening. The man—a 22-year-old from Connecticut—parked his vehicle on the span and climbed over the railing, witnesses said.
Authorities spoke with the man, who threatened to jump. After several minutes he "became despondent," state police said, and began cutting himself with a knife.
Police noted that when he began to harm himself he was not in a dangerous location; authorities were then able to taser the man and bring him to safety. By 6:15 p.m., the man on the northbound side of the bridge was in police custody.
The man was taken to Westchester Medical Center and assigned a security detail.
The incident had northbound traffic on the bridge and the New York State Thruway jammed.