Bradenton police prevent distraught student from jumping off Desoto Bridge

March 3, 2014 

BRADENTON -- Bradenton police Monday were able to prevent a distraught Manatee High School student from jumping off the Desoto Bridge, according to a report.

About 2:49 p.m., the 19-year-old student, who had lost his job, rode a bicycle to the Desoto Bridge, which carries U.S. 41/301 over the Manatee River, and threatened to jump off over the Riverwalk skate park, which is completely paved with concrete, police said.

An officer on the Riverwalk detail began a conversation with the student from below. Two other officers arrived on scene and were able to take the student into protective custody without incident, police said.

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