Deputies, civilian fight off freeway jumper in Perris to rescue him – San Bernardino Sun

Two Riverside County sheriff’s deputies and a civilian prevented a man from jumping off a freeway overpass in Perris on Monday, April 11, even as the man fought off their attempts to rescue him.

Callers to 911 reported just after 9:30 a.m. that the man appeared to want to leap from Ramona Expressway where the road passes over the 215 Freeway, said Sgt. Brandi Swan, a Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman.

Two Good Samaritans were trying to talk the man out of jumping, and when Deputy James Ray arrived, the man tried to jump, Swan said.

“But (Ray) and one civilian grabbed him from over the railing and prevented him from falling,” Swan said. “The subject proceeded to punch the civilian several times in an attempt to let him go, all the while telling them to let him jump. Another deputy (Freddy Rubio) arrived on scene and deputies had to physically restrain the subject in order to completely pull him over the railing.”

Once the man was rescued, he continued to kick and scream and demand that deputies allow him to jump, Swan said.

Paramedics and the deputies were eventually able to put him in an ambulance. He was hospitalized for a mental health evaluation, Swan said. He was not injured.

Northbound freeway traffic was briefly stopped.

Anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts, or knowing of such a person, can obtain help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

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