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Video: Virginia Officer Prevents Suicide, Just One Week After Intervention Training

December 23, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Virginia Officer Prevents Suicide, Just One Week After Intervention Training

The man was lying on the sidewalk when officers arrived, an 8-inch butcher knife firmly pressed against his stomach. He was crying. He said he didn't deserve to live.

The incident happened at about 9 p.m. Dec. 9 alongside Jefferson Avenue near Oyster Point Road in Newport News, the Daily Press reports.

Body-mounted cameras on officers recorded as Newport News police officer Andrew Gohn knelt to the ground. He asked the man about his problems and encouraged him to talk about his kids, preventing him from making good on suicide threats.

The incident happened just a week after Gohn had completed an advanced crisis intervention training course.

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eodk9trainer @ 12/24/2014 4:02 AM

Not sure this training from one week earlier was the reason this guy didn't commit suicide. Maybe the officer was just a compassionate person to begin with and would have done this regardless of the extra training.

Gil Figueroa @ 12/25/2014 11:27 AM

Excellent job by the Police Officer. Thank you for everything you guys do!

God Bless!

Ima Leprechaun @ 12/29/2014 2:20 PM

Newport News P.D. has always had excellent in-service training. They also taught Community Oriented Policing to many other agencies throughout the 1980's. Good in-service training is always worth it's weight in gold to anyone willing to listen. Good job Officer Gohn!

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