Galax emergency crews and police had to subdue a man who would not come down from a three-story roof of an apartment house at 111 Painter Street on Tuesday.
Police officers used ladders to scale the steep roof and talked to the man for several minutes. If they approached, he would edge closer to the deadly drop off the back side of the house.
Mostly he sat, talking loudly, wrapped in a white towel.
Eventually, police officers and Galax Fire Chief David Hankley tackled the combative man, using tasers several times to subdue him.