JOLIET, IL — An 81-year-old man who was a convicted sex offender took his own life on Friday morning by jumping off the downtown Cass Street Bridge, police said. A call came into the Joliet Police Department’s communications center at 6:59 a.m. in reference to someone who jumped into the Des Plaines River. A few officers were in the immediate area. They quickly accessed a police boat and tried to save the man from drowning.
“As the officers observed the man in the water, he attempted to be drowning himself, placing his head in the water and drinking the water,” Deputy Police Chief Ed Gregory said. “The officers said that he was determined to kill himself.”