LUBBOCK, TX – Lubbock police handled a tense situation Thursday night. A young officer came upon a 17-year-old straddling the edge of the 42nd Street overpass on I-27, threatening to jump.
Sergeant Jason Lewis says that’s when Officer Mario Sandoval’s training came into play. The officer knew one wrong move could have deadly consequences.
“There’s a lot of things that go through your head in that split second,” Lewis said.
Sandoval had to act carefully, but quickly.
“You think, if I do this and I grab him, is he going to pull me over the edge? Is he still going to manage to jump? There’s a lot to think about. He’s not running up on him. Exiting the vehicle, saying hey, this is who I am, how can we help you? What can we do for you?” Lewis said.