Jumper incident closes Key Bridge in both directions, Park Police officer dies

Update, 11:27 p.m.: The Park Police has identified the deceased officer as Sergeant Michael Boehm. Boehm was responding to the initial report of a possible Key Bridge jumper this evening when he collapsed. He was transported to Georgetown University Hospital, where medical staff tried in vain to resuscitate him. He was declared dead shortly after his arrival at the hospital.

Boehm, a Park Police officer for over 19 years, is survived by his wife Corrina and their son Christopher.

Update, 7:45 p.m.: Kornreich reports that the jumper also died, but that has yet to be confirmed.

Update, 7:14 p.m.: the Park Police officer who responded to the scene and suffered a cardiac arrest has died, according to Kevin Kornreich of the D.C. Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency.

6:55 p.m.: Shortly after 5 p.m. today, police received a call about a man at the base of Virginia D.C. side of the Key Bridge. A US Park Police officer who responded to the scene went into cardiac arrest. The identity of the jumper, who fell 35 feet and reportedly suffered skull fractures, is not yet known. Both have been evacuated to area hospitals.

Key Bridge was closed in both directions for a period of time this evening, snarling rush hour traffic in Georgetown and Rosslyn. Both northbound and southbound lanes were reopened by 6:40 p.m. Traffic is still backed up, particularly on the Virginia side of the bridge.

This is a breaking news post. We will update it as we gather more information. Follow Vox for breaking news updates on Twitter.

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5 Comments on “Jumper incident closes Key Bridge in both directions, Park Police officer dies

  1. This story points out the heroic efforts of local law enforcement. The families and loved ones of these officers need to be thanked in meaningful ways. We also need to respectfully identify the agencies they worked for. Let’s drop all the Homeland Agency references. These were real officers from real agencies who did hard and dangerous work that cost them their lives. They were not political hacks.

  2. What ever happened with this? Did they identify the person who jumped?

  3. Yeah this officer was so capable he had a heart attack on scene… Must have been as fit as DPS.

  4. @ LD50 — what a terrible thing to say in light of this event. People who pass away from sudden cardiac arrests aren’t necessarily unhealthy or out of shape. Show some respect.

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