Video: Canton Police Officer Rescues Bridge Jumper
Canton officer thwarts suicide attempt Sunday on Joy Road, I-275 overpass.
OUTSIDE DETROIT, MI -- A local police officer is credited with saving the life of a man attempting to jump off an overpass.
Canton Police released patrol car footage this week of the incident at Joy Road and Interstate 275.
The Canton Township officer, whose name has not yet been released by the department, responded about 7:30 p.m. Sunday to the area surrounding the overpass for a report of someone leaning over the rail, according to a news release from the department, where approached a man standing atop the bridge looking over northbound I-275. According to police, the man had one leg up on the rail and was looking at his phone.
When the officer made contact with the man, he put his phone in his pocket and stepped onto the rail with his other leg, the news release indicated.
The officer was able to slowly approach the man and grab him by his jacket, pulling him off the railing onto the road to safety, the news release indicated.
According to police, the man told police he had intended to jump off the bridge in an attempt to commit suicide.
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