Harbour Bridge Climber Tried To Grab Gun In Hospital
The man who brought Sydney to a standstill after he illegally scaled one of the Sydney Harbour Bridge last Wednesday has attempted to snatch a police officers’s gun while in hospital.
44-year-old Wayne Cook was allegedly under the influence of ice when he climbed one of the arches of the bridge at 4:30am on Wednesday, resulting in a five-hour police operation.
Mr Cook was captured on CCTV cameras riding a bike along the bridge before climbing a security fence and up the bridge.
It’s believed that Sydney’s economy lost millions in productivity as traffic was banked back 30 kilometres heading southbound into the city.
Police eventually managed to negotiate the man to come down and he was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital with “significant mental issues” where he now remains under police guard.
The Daily Telegraph has reported that Mr Cook made a move to grab an officer’s gun and had to be restrained. Superintendent Michael Fitzgerald said that Mr Cook, who suffered from “significant mental health issues”, was known to police and that he had climbed the bridge due to a “family issue”.
“We were concerned that he was going to harm himself but also we were concerned about what harm could have been occasioned to innocent members of the public driving underneath him,” said Supt Fitzgerald.
Mr Cook is now expected to face charges for both incidents once he has been released from hospital.