Dramatic Video: Man Rescued By LAPD After Threatening to Jump Off Building

CBS 2 reports that all this happened over a break-up, the man is 13 stories up

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A videotape surfaced on Friday of a distraught man who was threatening to jump from the roof of a 13-story apartment building in downtown Los Angeles before he was rescued by police officers.

The unidentified man, about 30, was pulled to safety by officers about 6 p.m. Thursday at 111 W. Seventh St., said Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Paul Vernon of the Central Station.

The man was upset over a breakup with his girlfriend, and was on the street side of an iron railing along the edge of the roof when officers pulled him to safety. They secured him by handcuffing him to the railing until firefighters arrived, Vernon said

The man, whose name was withheld, was taken to a hospital and placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold.

He bit the arm of one of his rescuers, Officer Rick Linton, but the four-year veteran didn’t let go of him, Vernon said.

“The most amazing thing about this is the officers’ commitment to saving this man in the face of danger to their own lives,” Vernon said.