Despite nearly three hours of negotiation with police officers and sheriff’s deputies, a 25 year old Mount Shasta man died after jumping from a three-story apartment building Wednesday evening, March 23.

Gabriel Wilson jumped from the roof ledge of the Mt. Shasta Apartments and later died of his injuries at Mercy Medical Center, said MSPD chief Parish Cross.

Officers and deputies responded to a call of a distraught man standing on the roof ledge at 506 N. Mt. Shasta Boulevard around 6:40 p.m., Cross said. They remained on the roof with Wilson in the extreme cold for nearly three hours, trying to convince him not to follow through, he said.

Meanwhile, fire and medical crews were staged down the street in case they were needed, said Cross.

“We kept talking with him, trying to calm him down,” Cross said, adding that he’s had many contacts with Wilson over the years through his office, got to know him, and has tried to help him in the past.

“The officers and deputies performed unbelievably when considering the circumstances they were under,” said Cross in a press release Thursday afternoon. “Law enforcement made every attempt to convince Wilson to come down from the ledge, but sadly and tragically, Wilson stepped from the building.”

Cross called the incident  “terribly sad” and “surreal.”

“Medical teams were there immediately after Wilson fell,” Cross said. He was taken to Mercy Medical Center, where he later died, Cross said.

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey commended the MSPD and the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department’s “team effort to assist Gabriel in the adverse weather for over two hours. Their effort was extraordinary, we regret that we were unsuccessful in our efforts, but everything possible was done to save Gabriel. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.”

“Our hearts go out to Gabriel Wilson and his family,” Cross said.