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After more than 2 hours, man is finally down from tower in St. Joseph

After more than 2 hours, a man who climbed to the top of a tower in downtown St. Joseph this afternoon is finally down.

Posted: May 2, 2019 7:53 PM
Updated: May 3, 2019 10:17 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) After more than 2 hours, a man who climbed to the top of a 200-foot tower in downtown St. Joseph Thursday afternoon is finally down.

Rescue crews responded to the 700 block of 9th Street shortly after 5:00 p.m. to find the man climbing an old communications tower behind the former police station.

Police and fire crews worked for several hours to get the man down.

"Responding officers began speaking with him and he continued to climb higher," said Officer Brett Kelly. "He eventually made it to the top of the tower. We utilized the fire department and one of their ladder trucks, called in a negotiator and he was able to speak with the subject and convince him to come back down."

The man was taken to the hospital but was not seriously hurt.

His name has not been released.

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