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At scene where man died off Huey P. Long Bridge: ‘I just saw a guy jump’, witness recalls

A man who authorities said died after jumping from the Huey P. Long Bridge on Saturday evening (Aug. 4) had stopped his pickup truck and exited on the side of the road before jumping over a concrete barrier, a witness recalled shortly after the incident.

“I just saw a guy jump,” said Leonard Armant, 32, who was traveling on the bridge when the man jumped.¬†“I was really surprised, and I just called 911.”¬†

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jason Rivarde said¬†a¬†man parked his blue truck on the eastbound lanes of the bridge and jumped, landing on the ground below¬†sometime before 5:30 p.m. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, Rivarde said.¬†

Armant, 23, said he was traveling eastbound on the bridge, from Bridge City to Elmwood, on his way home when he saw a blue Toyota Tundra pickup truck stopped partially on the far left lane. Armant said he saw a man who was already outside the truck jump over a concrete barrier. 

Armant said he had to move his vehicle to evade the pickup truck, and called police immediately after. He said the man, whom he said looked “like a younger guy,” jumped from a¬†section of the bridge over the West Bank, before the bridge¬†reaches¬†the Mississippi River.

The Coast Guard said JPSO was the leading agency responding to the incident because no water was involved. 

Armant said his children were traveling with him, so he did not stop, and instead traveled around and went back to the scene to talk with deputies. He said he saw a dog inside the pickup truck, but no other passengers. He said looking over the barrier he saw the man lying on the ground, motionless. 

JPSO said it would not be releasing additional information because the death was a suicide. 

This story was updated to include confirmation from JPSO that the man had died. 

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