June 19, 2018
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Brewer police officer prevents man from jumping off bridge

By Eric Russell, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — A local police officer prevented a distraught man from jumping off the Penobscot Bridge on Wednesday evening, Brewer police said Friday.

Officer Jeff Gotreau went to the bridge shortly before 8 p.m. after receiving calls that a man was sitting on the rail of the bridge facing the water. The man’s shoes and socks had been removed.

Gotreau tried to talk to the man, later identified as a 50-year-old transient, but he didn’t respond or acknowledge the officer’s presence, police said. As Gotreau approached the man, he let go of the railing and began to lean forward. The officer lunged and grabbed the man by the shoulders, pulling him back to safety.

As the two struggled, the man yelled, “Let me do it,” according to police.

Once the man was secure, officers took him to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for a psychiatric evaluation.

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