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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Woman threatening suicide safely located

  • A woman threatening to jump off an initially unknown bridge Thursday was safely located and taken into protective custody after police officers and dispatchers worked to find her by pinging the GPS location of her cell phone.
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  • A woman threatening to jump off an initially unknown bridge Thursday was safely located and taken into protective custody after police officers and dispatchers worked to find her by pinging the GPS location of her cell phone.
    Shawnee Police Lt. Mason Wilson said the woman, reported to be in her 20s, was on the phone with someone who reported to police that she was threatening to jump off a bridge in Shawnee.
    “All we had was a first name and the phone number she called from,” he said.
    Patrol officers began checking bridges in the Shawnee area while dispatchers at the communications center initiated the technology to ping a GPS location of the woman’s cell phone.
    While officers began checking numerous bridges, the technology pinged a location close to the U.S. 177 overpass that goes over Dewey Street.
    “It pinpointed the location and there she was,” Wilson said, as the closest officers arrived and approached her.
    They were able to take the woman safely into protective custody before she harmed herself, Wilson said.
    Wilson complimented the work done by both dispatchers and the day shift officers.

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