Police officers from Tukwila and Kent stopped a 25-year-old from jumping from the third floor of parking garage at Westfield Southcenter in Tukwila on Sunday morning.
The incident was caught on video by a bystander and posted on the Tukwila Police Department’s Facebook page, where it had been viewed more than 70,000 times and shared more than 600 times as of Monday afternoon.
At about 8:50 a.m., police received a call from a passer-by who reported the man standing on the ledge of the parking structure.
Tukwila officers Art Stephenson, John Perry, Chris Danninger and crisis intervention specialist Joseph Zaehler, as well as Kent officer Dan Koehler responded.
“Officers spoke with the individual for several hours trying to help him and get him away from the ledge,” Tukwila Police spokesman officer Vic Masters said in an email. “Ultimately, he put himself out onto the ledge of the garage and was trying to jump at which time officers were able to pull him back to safety at great risk to themselves.”
The man, who was having a mental crisis, was not injured but was taken by ambulance to a hospital for mental health treatment, Masters said.
These types of incidents are fairly rare, Masters said.
“We occasionally get suicidal calls, but they are usually from individuals or family members of individuals that are suicidal that want to get treatment and are calling for help,” he said. “We work with a King County mobile crisis team and other mental health providers to get those in mental crisis into treatment.”
Tukwila Police also shared police body cam video from the incident on its Facebook page on Monday and reminded people that mental health help is available through the King County crisis line at 866-427-4747.
Courtesy of Tukwila Police Department Facebook page