Man kills self after standoff

August 09, 2006|By GUS G. SENTEMENTES | GUS G. SENTEMENTES,SUN REPORTER

A man who threatened to jump off the Key Bridge three years ago -- causing a 16-hour traffic jam during which a motorist suffered a fatal heart attack -- jumped to his death off a highway overpass yesterday after another lengthy standoff with police.

Maryland Transportation Authority police said the 40-year-old man, identified as Reed Timothy Ivin Williams of Gwynn Oak, leapt off Interstate 895, the Harbor Tunnel Thruway, near Keith Avenue and fell 55 feet, landing on railroad tracks.

Police said Williams jumped after talking for six hours with police officers who are trained to deal with people contemplating suicide or in hostage situations.

The latest incident began Monday night when Williams, who was naked, was pulled off of the Key Bridge by an off-duty Baltimore County police officer and a motorist. He was taken into custody by the transportation police and transported for evaluation to Franklin Square Hospital Center in eastern Baltimore County, officials said.

Later that night, officials planned to take him to the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Police said Williams became combative in the private Americair Ambulance Service van and managed to jump out the back onto I-895 between O'Donnell Street and Keith Avenue.

Police officers, including city police crisis negotiators, talked to him from about 10:30 p.m. Monday to 4:30 a.m. yesterday, police said. About 4:40 a.m., police said, Williams became agitated and officers initiated a "tactical response plan" in which they used a stun gun in an attempt to subdue him.

But, authorities said, Williams jumped from the overpass and was pronounced dead at the scene.

gus.sentementes @baltsun.com

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