Ohio Deputy Saves Man From Jumping Off Overpass

Playing Ohio Deputy Stops Man Who Tried to Jump Off Overpass

An Ohio sheriff's deputy was captured on camera saving a man’s life in the nick of time.

Deputy William Ball, who is trained in crisis intervention tactics, was driving down the road and happened to see a man looking over an overpass above Interstate 270, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Ball “quickly backed up” and approached the man, who opened up about wanting to hurt himself, authorities said in a press release.

He told Ball that he’d have to be shot to stop him from jumping. He then yelled, “I’m sorry, I got nothing left; I’m just done.”

In a video captured of the moment, the man can been seen trying to lunge off the bridge after Ball tried talking to him. Thankfully, Ball was able to grab him and hold him down as two other people jumped out of a passing vehicle and helped Ball restrain the man.

The man, who has not been identified, was then transferred to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. 

“This incident is an excellent example of how CIT trained deputies are making a difference when it comes to those who are in a mental health crisis,” the sheriff’s office wrote on their Facebook.

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