Traffic was diverted from a portion of Interstate 5 in Woodland for about an hour Monday night as law-enforcement officers responded to a suicidal male on a freeway overpass, according to the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol.
Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Persons said deputies were notified shortly after 6:30 p.m. of a man standing on the overpass railing at West Street/County Road 99 and threatening to jump onto the freeway. Both directions of the freeway were shut down and traffic detoured onto West Street while deputies “engaged the subject in conversation, with assistance from the CHP.”
CHP Officer Cindy Leal said officers deployed two “less-lethal” shotgun rounds to take the man, a resident of Red Bluff, into custody. He was transported to Woodland Memorial Hospital for a mental-health evaluation and treatment of minor abrasions.