Suicidal man at Papago Buttes forces road closure, police say

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Scottsdale police say authorities removed a suicidal man Saturday night from the Papago Buttes.

Officer David Pubins told ABC15 that McDowell Road was closed temporarily between 64th Street and Bushmaster Boulevard.

The road was back open around 7:30 p.m.

The incident started as a call around 3:30 p.m. of a family fight at the Polynesian Paradise Apartments near McDowell Road and 68th Street, said Pubins.

The man's wife left the apartment without injury and thought her husband was still inside, Pubins said.

It was then determined that the 34-year-old man was no longer in the apartment.

Police then found him climbing the Buttes soon after.

They were able to contact the man via phone call, and that's when he made statements about wanting to harm himself, Pubins said.

He appeared to be intoxicated and will be medically evaluated, Pubins said.

Charges for assault will be pending due to the family fight, he said.

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