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Atlanta Police: T.I. Helped Talk Down Jumper

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Atlanta police negotiating with a man threatening to jump off a building got help from an unexpected source: rapper T.I.

** FILE ** T.I. arrives at the 2007 pre-BET Awards dinner and party in Los Angeles in this June 25, 2007, file photo. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police negotiating with a man threatening to jump off a building got help from an unexpected source: rapper T.I.

Police spokesman Officer James Polite says the hip-hop star joined the crowd outside the 22-story building in midtown Atlanta on Wednesday afternoon and told officers he wanted to help.

Police said the man agreed to come down from the building in exchange for a few minutes face-to-face with T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris.

T.I.'s publicist says the rapper heard about the situation on the radio and decided to help.

Police says the man, whose name was not released, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment.

He has not been charged in the incident.

T.I. has been in legal trouble in recent years.

He spent last year in prison on federal weapons charges, and is still on supervised release.


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