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T.I. Helps Talk Jumper Down From Ledge

12:47 PM, Oct 14, 2010   |    comments
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  • Colony Square in Midtown Atlanta (Courtesy twilbert)
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ATLANTA -- Peachtree Street shut down at the start of Wednesday's afternoon rush hour because a man was threatening to jump off the roof of the Colony Square building in Midtown. 

Police were able to talk him down -- with some unusual help.

Rapper T.I., also known as Clifford Harris, spoke to the man through police. Harris told 11Alive News that he came down to offer his services after radio station V103, which is based in Colony Square, told him what was happening.

T.I. talked to the man about how a person "can make it through anything," Atlanta Police spokesman James Polite said.

"T.I. just happened to be in the right place at the right time," Polite said.

Harris faces his own life crisis this week when he appears before a federal judge, who is considering revoking his probation from a weapons conviction.

Police were trying to talk the man, who appeared to be about 25 years old, from jumping from the 22-floor Colony Square building when Harris "appeared out of nowhere," Polite said.

Harris offered to help convince the man that "life's not that bad," a proposal that police accepted, he said.

The man, who was not identified by police, agreed to leave the roof to meet with the rapper.

After several minutes of conversation, he was taken into custody and transported to Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital for a psychological evaluation, he said. He was not charged with a crime, he said.

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