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Man threatens to jump off bridge, later escapes from ambulance

The man was being transported to a psychiatric unit for evaluation when he jumped out of the ambulance

By EMS1 Staff

FALKVILLE, Ala. — A man who threatened to jump off a highway bridge was talked down by authorities, but later escaped by jumping out of an ambulance.

AL.com reported that Joseph Matthew Russell was convinced by Morgan County deputies to surrender and be taken for medical treatment after a standoff on a bridge.

"He was threatening to jump off the bridge," Police Sgt. Aaron Burgess said. "He wanted his kids brought over there."

Sgt. Burgess said Russell escaped the ambulance on the way to a psychiatric unit and was temporarily on the loose. Police captured him and he was charged with disorderly conduct.

Sgt. Burgess said the police department has had contact with Russell before.

"It's been an ongoing issue with him," Sgt. Burgess said. "We had an officer earlier today doing extra patrol on Mill Creek Road because he's been involved in a domestic dispute and been calling and threatening to cut their heads off at the house."

No one was injured in the incident.

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