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Video: LAPD Officers Prevent Man Distraught Over Breakup From Committing Suicide
After a break-up with his girlfriend, a man in his 30's reportedly headed to the 13th floor of a building on 7th Street in downtown and tried to jump off. Before he could make it, though, he was grabbed by a group of LAPD officers and ultimately prevented from jumping.
In this video, which was captured by a bystander, the man can be seen writhing with his feet dangling off the ledge as officers hold him by his underwear and arms. By mid-way through the video, it's apparent that he's trying to climb back up to safety.
According to the LAPD, the man at first tried to bite the arm of Officer xx, who was holding him. A caption on the video over at YouTube adds that a security guard talked him out of jumping first, and police then physically pulled him safety, handcuffed him to the fence to keep him secure. The fence was then removed by firefighters.
It takes a village.
Anyway, the man is now in a hospital, where he's being held for 72 hours and evaluated.