Broward News

Turnpike and I-595 Shut Down: Suicidal Man Was Army Veteran Facing Deportation

Update, 12:20 p.m.: According to the Davie police, the man at the center of today's incident is Fredy Gutierrez, 59, of Sunrise. He is an Army veteran who served in Vietnam and was facing deportation. At 8:15, police received a call of a suicidal individual stopped on the flyover between the turnpike and 595. He was armed with an assault rifle, but he never threatened anybody with it. He had a noose around his neck and the other end was attached to the ladder rack of his truck. When police arrived, he was hanging on edge of the bridge, straddling the wall of the flyover.

According to PIO Dale Engel, "We were able to obtain cell phone contact rather quickly and maintained it through the incident. The crisis negotiation team spoke with him and got him to surrender at about ten past 11 and he did without incident."

He was not charged but taken to the hospital for evaluation.

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