Police Talk Man Off Downtown Roof


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — After 15 hours of talking, Springfield police convinced a man to come down from the roof of a downtown building early Tuesday morning.

Police Lt. Chad McIntyre tells KOLR10 News the man, in his 40’s, had been on the roof above the Coffee Ethic on the south side of Park Central Square since around noon Monday.

Police had closed several streets around the area.  The man had not been cooperating with police through much of the afternoon Monday.

McIntyre says a Springfield Fire Department ladder truck was used to bring the man down off the roof shortly after 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. The man was taken to a local hospital to be checked over. McIntyre said the man may have been suffering from hypothermia.  The overnight temperature in Springfield was in the 40’s.

Police were still uncertain why the man went onto the roof Monday, but said he apparently used fire escapes to get on top of the building.

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