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Police Identify Man Who Jumped Off Victory Memorial Bridge

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Officials have identified the man who jumped off the Victory Memorial Bridge in downtown Nashville. Crews continue to search for the man.

The incident happened around 8:30 a.m. Friday. Witnesses first reported 19-year-old Samuel Hagens from Nolensville was acting strange at the MTA bus stop on 4th Avenue and Charlotte.

Hagens was then seen running to 3rd Avenue and past headquarters for the Metro Nashville Police Department.

Police said Hagens then ran down James Robertson Parkway and onto the bridge, where he removed his pants, put them on the ground and jumped into the Cumberland River.

Officials said the fall into the quick current in the river below was about 30 yards.

Three westbound lanes of James Robertson Parkway were closed after police responded to the scene.

Several officers from the Metro Nashville Police Department and an ambulance responded to the bridge. Crews from the Office of Emergency Management were searching the river in rescue boats.

As of 11:20 a.m., Hagen had not been found.

It was not known if drugs or alcohol were involved. 

Stay with NewsChannel5 for more information as it becomes available. 

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