Police officers on Saturday were able to apprehend a suicidal man about to hang himself inside the abandoned locomotive shop on the Cooper site.
According to a press release issued Sunday morning, the Stratford Police Service was contacted by the OPP at 4 p.m. about an emotionally disturbed 19-year-old man from St. Marys who had sent a text to his mother telling her of his plans.
Officers located the man's vehicle outside the Copper building but couldn’t gain access since all the doors were secure. The fire department attended and cut a lock to one of the main doors.
Once inside, officers located the man on the second floor with a rope around his neck and the other end tied to a main beam.
"Officers were able to talk to him from the ground while two officers attended the upper area," said Insp. Sam Theocharis. "Officers on the ground were able to distract the male while officers on the upper floor apprehended him."
The man was transported to the hospital for an assessment.
This isn't the first time local police have responded to such as call at the historic downtown structure. Last October, a 23-year-old Toronto-area man died after falling from the roof. The victim's mother believes the incident was a suicide.