Police use suicidal man’s cat to lure him off ledge

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A man threatening to jump from a second story window in San Francisco Wednesday was lured back inside when his cat was brought to the scene.

The man ran into the building and climbed partially out the window after a traffic stop. As the CHP officer who stopped him ran the vehicle’s information he took the opportunity to escape, jumped a fence and entered the building. Officers later learned the white Toyota Highlander had been reported stolen.

Police placed foam mats below and positioned themselves on a balcony, pointing non-lethal projectiles as the shirtless and shoeless man dangled from the window.

The standoff went on for more than three hours before the man’s family brought his cat to the scene. The cat is said to have calmed him down.

At around 6:15 PM the man allowed himself to be safely led back inside after his cat’s presence had its calming effect. He was then taken into custody.

Police spokeswoman Officer Grace Gatpandan said the man might have been in an “altered state.”

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