Behlen was in serious condition at OU Medical Center’s trauma center. He has been downgraded to critical condition.
He pushed through the hospital room’s pivoting window and went over the edge. Photographs show a deputy trying to push the window closed to keep Behlen inside, and Sheriff John Whetsel says the deputy fired a Taser device at Behlen twice, but was unsuccessful at shocking him.
Behlen fell about 30 feet onto the roof of a two-story building. He was aware and conscious as emergency workers approached.
As of 5 p.m., Behlen was alive, reports staff writer Augie Frost.
At that time, when he was being moved from where he fell, he could be heard making noises, Frost says.
His condition is not known.
Staff photographer Steve Gooch witnessed what happened. This is his account:
“I saw two sheriff’s tactical team members come out onto the ledge. They came out of the adjoining room, I guess, the one to the east of him, while he was inside of the room. They worked their way across the ledge. They had safety harnesses and ropes on. The guy in the lead appeared to have a yellow Taser in his hand.
“At the point the guy (Behlen) saw him, he came out of the window headfirst. There was a struggle out there on the ledge, and then the guy forced himself over the ledge. He definitely leaped.
“The sheriff’s deputy, you could tell, seemed very frustrated, just from his body language. He just hit himself in the leg and looked down.”
People watching as Behlen leaped from the window are horrified and shocked, reports staff writer Augie Frost.
There were relatively few onlookers, Frost says. Some are standing in silence. At least one woman is weeping.
At 4:48 p.m., as two deputies approached the window to Behlen’s hospital room from the ledge, Behlen apparently leaped headfirst out of the window.
Staff writer Augie Frost was watching as Behlen fell.
Behlen’s condition is unknown.
Behlen has jumped headfirst to the ground, staff writer Augie Frost reports.
The drama occurring outside Presbyterian Tower is not interfering with patient treatment, OU Medical Center spokesman Allen Poston told The Oklahoman’s Augie Frost.
No patients have been moved, Frost reports. For the most part, it’s business as usual.
Television crews have been asked not to air video of the scene outside OU Medical Center’s Presbyterian Tower, reports staff writer Augie Frost.
Apparently, there is concern that Behlen is watching TV when he goes back inside the hospital room.
According to sheriff’s spokesman Mark Myers, Behlen’s hospital room was being guarded by one sheriff’s deputy, reports staff writer Augie Frost.
Behlen slammed the door shut and locked it, then opened the window and climbed outside, Frost says.
Behlen re-entered his hospital room about 20 minutes ago and just came back out onto the ledge, reports staff photographer Steve Gooch.
The window glass is not broken.