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Negotiator shares words that helped coax man from tower

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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 8/17/2011 7:19 pm Published: 8/17/2011 5:54 pm

Tyrone Lynn stepped out of retirement to assist Tulsa Police in getting 25-year-old, William Sturdivant down for the Clear Channel tower Tuesday. Lynn spent more than seven hours, nearly 150 feet in the air, in a bucket convincing Sturdivant to come down.

"I just kept thinking about what condition he was in,” said Lynn. "I felt like he'd cooperate, my concern was would he hold out."

Lynn spent 21 years with Tulsa Police. Most recently, he served as a detective in the sex crimes division.

Sturdivant had been on the tower since last Thursday. Captain Ryan Perkins said police tried just about everything to convince Sturdivant to come down.

"We used our active listening skills; we established a rapport with him, which brings them emotionally closer to the negotiator," said Perkins. "We just knew we needed to try something different, took a chance on this and it worked."

Perkins said Lynn did the same thing pervious negotiators did. However, he believes Lynn was able to connect with Sturdivant. Perkins also believes the heat helped negotiate the dangerous situation.

"He was just an incredibly motivated and athletic person and able to get away from us," said Perkins.

Perkins said the department learned their skills and techniques work. However, police will cross train with firefighters. He hopes the lesson will enable officers to better handle similar standoff situations.

Studivant remains in the hospital. He will have to undergo a mental evaluation before being released.

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swordfighter - 8/17/2011 7:23 PM
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a job well done and recognition well deserved...seems the good ones retire too soon. we need more like studivant, a more personable officer doing the right thing..
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