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New York State Trooper Tasers Suicidal Man Climbing Bridge Railing

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A New York State Trooper Tasered a suicidal man on an Albany bridge in an attempt to save his life.

Trooper Matthew Rufa responded to a call at Patroon Island Bridge on Interstate 90 at 7:40 p.m. Saturday.

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Rufa observed a passenger from a nearby car holding back a distraught man from the railing of the bridge.

Rufa helped to pull the man away from the railing, but he broke free and approached the railing a second time. The Trooper asked him to step away, but the unidentified 51-year-old man would not comply.

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That’s when Rufa Tasered him.

Luckily the man did not fall from the bridge. He was reportedly uninjured from the incident.

He was not charged with a crime and will undergo a mental health evaluation.

Sources: North Country Gazette, Saratogian