Missouri man sits atop metal tower for 6 hours to avoid police

Deputies arriving at a western Missouri home on a domestic disturbance/assault call early Monday morning found a man sitting atop a 40-foot tower on his property, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office said.

Chance D. Bray, 51, stayed atop the tower, which appeared to be of a type used for television reception, for nearly six hours, holding a coil of rope.

Negotiators from the sheriff’s office, the Tightwad Fire Department, and Golden Ambulance eventually talked Bray down from the tower, while he refused to come down.

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Eventually, Bray agreed to come down and began his descent. But he fell the last 6 to 8 feet, the sheriff’s office said.

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At that point, he was taken into custody and transported to Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton for treatment.

Court records in Henry County show no charges filed in relation to this incident, but Bray pleaded guilty in 2017 to domestic assault and property damage. He was sentenced to 10 years and 4 years on the charges, and the sentences were suspended in lieu of five years supervised probation.

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[Featured image: Henry County Sheriff’s Office]