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.
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