Police respond to suicidal man balancing on downtown rooftop

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - At 12:52 Monday afternoon, Fairbanks Police and other agencies responded to a man on the roof of the old court house building in reaction to a possible suicide attempt. Police and fire department vehicles closed the streets, blocked traffic and surrounded the building to ensure public safety.

The man, who has not been identified, walked the rooftop pacing across the building as a team of negotiators worked to resolve the situation. With the help of the multiple agencies, the man was detained and taken into police custody around 3 p.m.

Deputy Chief Dan Welborn spoke about what he thought of the outcome.

He said, "Anytime you can, in this case, get someone off the roof that's having a rough day, and we can help him without having to deploy less lethal resources at the end, like bean bag rounds or even tasering him. We didn't have to do any of that. So again a tip of the cap to some of our folks, our negotiating team again, our swat team members and just all the people that came together to help us out. It was a very positive outcome."