York City Police on Monday morning convinced a distraught man not to jump from the four-story elevator tower he'd climbed out onto.
A passer-by called 911 about 11 a.m. and reported seeing a man sitting atop the elevator tower at Susquehanna Commerce Center, just off West Philadelphia Street at the corner of Grant Street and Gas Avenue.
Two police sergeants initially engaged the man, but it was Officer John Huncher who convinced him to come down at 11:55 a.m., according to Lt. Erik Kleynan.
"Initially, the guy was very non-compliant," the lieutenant said. "Basically, John built a rapport with him and eventually was able to talk him down. ... I thought he did a great job."
Huncher serves on the county's Negotiating Response Team, part of the SWAT-like Quick Response Team.
Police blocked off the area to vehicles and pedestrians while Huncher convinced the man not to jump, and the commerce center voluntarily went into lockdown for less than an hour, Kleynan said.
After coming down from the elevator tower, the man was taken to York Hospital for evaluation, Kleynan said.