Sacto 9-1-1
March 12, 2013
Deputies rescue man from ledge of hospital parking structure

A man who threatened to jump from the top of a parking structure at Mercy San Juan Medical Center early Monday was rescued by Sacramento County sheriff's deputies.

The incident began at 1:30 a.m. when the sheriff's communication center received a call from a man who expressed suicidal thoughts, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. The man said that he was sitting atop the parking structure at the hospital at 6500 Coyle Ave. in Carmichael and wanted to jump off of it.

Deputies arrived at the scene while communications center personnel kept the man on the phone. In a rescue that was captured on video, several deputies went to the top of the structure, where the man was seen sitting on the upper-most ledge, with his feet dangling over the side.

While a patrol deputy below engaged the man in conversation, the other deputies quietly approached him from behind and pulled him from the ledge to safety.

Sheriff's officials said the 59-year-old man was admitted to a hospital to be held for a mental evaluation, based on the concern that he was a threat to himself.

No one was injured during the incident.

The video can be viewed at

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