When police get a call for a possible “jumper” on a bridge, there is always the possibility that the incident could end in tragedy. But on Thursday afternoon, three Minneapolis police officers helped prevent a deadly outcome when they pulled a man to safety on the 3rd Avenue Bridge near downtown.
Police were alerted about 3:15 p.m. to a possible suicidal man who was hanging on the railing on the south side of the bridge, said Lt. Rob Skoro of the Minneapolis Police Department. Officers Elliot Wong, Laurarose Turner and Matt Vana responded. In a surveillance video, the officers can be seen going up to the man who is straddling the ledge and does not seem to notice them. From behind, Turner grabs the man’s midsection as the other two officers help her pull him off the railing. He was taken to a hospital.
The officers said Friday that they did not think the man could hear them approach because of the noise on the bridge, which allowed them to make a quick, surprise apprehension.