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Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 11:42 am

A Chandler man committed suicide Saturday morning, jumping off the Pecos Road-Interstate 10 westbound ramp.

Eastbound Loop 202, westbound I-10 as well as the two ramps between I-10 and Pecos Road were closed for several hours while Chandler police and the Arizona Department of Public Safety investigated.

The 66-year-old man jumped off the Pecos Road ramp to westbound I-10 about 9 a.m., Chandler Police Department spokesman Seth Tyler said.

According to the police report, a Phoenix police officer was dispatched to the ramp for a welfare check. The man had parked his car on the ramp, exited the vehicle and was walking up and down the ramp. When the officer arrived on scene, he jumped.

A witness also saw him jump, according to the police report.

“There were no direct indicators of (the man’s) intent to commit suicide, in this particular event,” Tyler said.

“Since nobody can predict human behavior, it is paramount that friends and family of a loved one struggling with suicidal thoughts do not discount any warning signs the individual presents,” Tyler said. “In this case, (the man’s) wife reported him as a missing person. Sadly, this was at about the same time (he) took his own life.”

Suicide hotlines and websites are set up to those in need, as well as to help loved ones identify suicidal tendencies: (480) 784-1500, (602) 248-TEEN, (623) 879-9600, suicide.org, and ArizonaSuicidePreventionAlter.org.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-6549 or cgabel@ahwatukee.com.

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