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KOKI Talks to Retired Negotiator Who Coaxed Man on Broadcast Tower to Safety

After a harrowing six days spent reporting on William Sturdivant II, the man who climbed the KOKI broadcast tower last Thursday and refused to come down until last night, KOKI reporter Adam Paluka filed one more report on the ordeal — an interview with Tyrone Lynn, the retired police negotiator responsible for Sturdivant’s safe rescue.

“We talked about his childhood,” Lynn said (watch above). “We talked my children. We talked about what was going to happen afterwards. We prayed a couple times.”

“It’s a good day for the city to help a young man who’s struggling through mental illness like that,” Lynn continued. “Hopefully he gets the help he needs.”

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Retired Negotiator Talks Man Down from KOKI Broadcast Tower After Nearly a Week

Shortly after 6:30 p.m. last night, William Sturdivant II — who spent six days perched on top of a broadcast tower belonging to Tulsa Fox affiliate KOKI — was safely lowered to the ground by Tulsa rescue personnel (watch above).

Sturdivant was coaxed to come down by retired Tulsa police negotiator Tyrone Lynn, who spent seven hours yesterday talking to Sturdivant. Once he was safely to the ground, Sturdivant was immediately placed on a stretcher and taken to a local hospital to be treated. His condition is listed as stable.

KOKI Tower Standoff Heads into Day 5 as Tulsa Police Attempt New Negotiation Tactics

Yesterday, we told you about a man who has refused to come down from the broadcast tower at KOKI since Thursday. The standoff with the man — who police have identified as William Sturdivant II — is still ongoing today, as police work around the clock to try to return him to safety.

Tulsa police told KOKI that they have reached out to negotiation teams across the country for advice. “We’ve played tapes of his family addressing how much they care and how much they want him to be safe,” Tulsa police negotiator Tom Milburn told KOKI. “In the sense that he’s in great danger as long as he’s up in the tower, what we want to accomplish is to maybe leverage his thirst to get him to come down.”

The incident has begun to get national attention — Fox News Channel did several segments yesterday using video from KOKI, which is a Fox affiliate.