Man Who Jumped Off Fort Smith Bridge Identified, Authorities Say

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FORT SMITH (KFSM) – A man who died after jumping off a Fort Smith bridge into the Arkansas River on Thursday (Aug. 7) has been identified, according to Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart.

The man who jumped was identified as Derrick Griffin, 44, of Fort Smith, authorities said.

A 911 call came in at approximately 5:36 p.m. about a man on the rails of the Garrison Avenue bridge near downtown Fort Smith, according to authorities.

The man was sitting on the rail of the bridge, and the Fort Smith Police Department, Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office and Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident, authorities said.

When authorities arrived, the man jumped. Eyewitnesses saw the man jump, and the Fort Smith Fire Department used a rescue boat to locate him. When they found him, he was floating face down, Lockhart said.

Rescuers performed CPR, and the man was transported to Sparks Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

Lockhart said deputies are working the case to determine what happened, but all indications from eyewitnesses appear to peg the situation as a suicide.

The man’s body will be sent to the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy, according to Lockhart.


  • Michele McGowan

    Some people just have no respect for the family! Should have had a V.8 really? Prayers for his family.

  • sarah

    sooo crazy!! Bless his soul… RIP… i was crossin the brigde and seen him throw his right leg over and pull his left legs over and i was really worried i just couldnt wrap my thoughts around why he would be trying to cross over that railing… I knew something was not right!!!! I hate this for his family!!!!

  • BeautifulLady74

    Thank you for reporting every rude conflict cause I knew the man and I grew up with him and he wasn’t like that growing up, He was ill and tired of being sick but we all tried to get him the help he needed through the years. How dare anyone say anything about him!!!! He was the most kindest and sweetest man ever known. He was my first love and it hurts to know he was so tired. SO to anyone who has anything rude to say just keep your mouth shut and stay away from this thread.

  • Justice

    I know everyone has a right to fair trial, but he was accused of multiple horrendous sexual crimes and I’m sorry if my opinion on this thread offends someone, but I feel, while tragic, his death ultimately results in a safer community.

  • bobreal

    SAD :- ( Sorry he got MAD AT THE WORLD AN TOOK HIS LIFE..
    Loss his job, His Girlfriend wanted to brake up, His Wife asked for a Divorce…
    Should of went to the Hospital an asked for some HELP..

  • ch

    the article identifies the jumper by name at the beginning of the article and then towards the end states that the jumper’s name has not been released at this time. that’s my two cents….

    • Thisjustin

      Yeah…CH5 updated the story and forgot to remove the older part about not knowing the name. Theres a lot of editing that goes on with these stories as time goes by. Edit happens!

  • Michael Mandella

    I own Cali INK tattoo shop right before the bridge and a friend and I ran down to try and help but he was already floating face down and it was too far to swim out there
    Just sad.

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