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Standoff with police at Duluth hospital involved synthetic drugs

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Duluth police were called to St. Luke's Hospital Saturday to rescue a man on a ledge they now say had taken synthetic drugs.

As the Northland News reports, authorities were able to talk the 37-year-old man down.

"Duluth officers were called to St. Luke’s this afternoon for an adult male balancing on a ledge outside a broken third floor window," says a post on the Duluth Police Department's Facebook page from Saturday. "Synthetic drugs were involved. The male, who was in crisis, was very irate."

A portion of Ninth Avenue East in Duluth was blocked for several hours on Saturday afternoon after the patient at St. Luke’s hospital broke a third-floor window, intentionally cut himself, got onto a ledge and threatened to jump, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

Streets were blocked off and after 2 1/2 hours, police and hospital staff convinced the man to come down, according to WDIO. Three officers went up on a fire department ladder truck and brought the man to safety. He was eventually released to hospital staff.

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