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Los Angeles City Hall. Photo by John Schreiber.

A scary half-hour ended without injury for a person possibly contemplating a suicide leap Monday from near the top of Los Angeles City Hall.

The incident caused a rush-hour downtown traffic jam as nearby streets were closed for rescue crews.

Police and firefighters responded to the downtown landmark, located at 200 N. Spring St.

The unidentified man, who had climbed onto a ledge outside the railing on the 27th floor observation deck about 4 p.m., was brought to safety about 5:30 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Main Street was closed between First and Temple streets, snarling traffic during the afternoon rush, as rescue crews and officers responded to what the Los Angeles Fire Department described as a “single patient behavioral emergency.”

The man was walked out of City Hall in handcuffs and taken away in an unmarked police car. According to an LAFD spokesman, he’s about 18 years old, but not much else was known about him.

 

–City News Service

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