TULSA, Okla., Aug. 16 (UPI) — A retired police negotiator ended a six-day standoff with a man clinging to a Tulsa, Okla., TV tower, officials said Tuesday.
Tyrone Lynn convinced William Sturdivant, 25, to come down from his 150-foot-high perch, ending the city’s longest standoff at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, KTUL-TV, Tulsa, reported.
“When we finally assured him that, you know, everybody down here was rooting for him and that this was a day that he can win and we forgive him, nobody upset with him and that when we got down we were going to get him some help,” Lynn said.
People on the ground said they were happy to see Sturdivant come down safely.
“Thank God because that is somebody’s child. I’m just glad he came down safely because I could tell I watched him at work just hoping he didn’t fall and hold on, keep his strength up, I’m just glad,” said witness Joyce Lowe.
The standoff began just before 11 a.m. Thursday, KOKI-TV, Tulsa, reported.
Police said Sturdivant has a history of mental illness and a criminal record including theft and drug convictions.