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OU defensive back's father used compassion to coax man down from Tulsa tower

By ZIVA BRANSTETTER - Tulsa World Published: August 17, 2011
For eight hours Tuesday, retired police negotiator Tyrone Lynn and William Sturdivant II played an emotional game of cat and mouse on a radio tower 200 feet in the air, ending with Sturdivant stepping into a cherry picker bucket and asking Lynn to pray with him.

Their discussion included laughter - when Lynn told Sturdivant his plan to jump wasn’t a good idea - and sadness - when Sturdivant talked about the child he thought he failed to provide for.

Sturdivant, who police said has a history of mental illness, climbed the Clear Channel Communications tower at 27th Street and Memorial Drive on Thursday morning. The 25-year-old and has prior convictions for burglary and possession of marijuana, records show.

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