Richmond police Officer Mitch Peixoto’s patience while listening and connecting with a distraught man who had threatened to jump from a warehouse rooftop earlier this month is being praised by the department.
The incident occurred at about 11:50 p.m. on Feb. 17 at 20th Street and Espee Ave., Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.
Family members reported one of their relatives had fled from his home while suffering from a mental condition. When officers arrived, the person had climbed onto the roof of a warehouse, about 35-feet high, and said he wanted to end his life by jumping.
After officers talked with him patiently for a bit, Officer Peixoto of the Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) responded to take over negotiations, Tan said.
“Officer Peixoto patiently listened, made a connection and was able to talk him out of wanting to harm himself,” Tan said. “The fire department responded with a ladder and the subject climbed down from the roof. The man was taken to a local medical facility for a mental health evaluation.”
The RPD called the responding officers “community guardians” for exhibiting patience and making a connection with the person.
“We would also like to state that statistically, persons with emotional disorders are more of a danger to themselves than to others, and are more likely to be victims than perpetrators of violent acts,” Tan added “If you are in crisis or know someone in crisis and need advice, we encourage you to reach out to this 24 hour crisis line for professional assistance: 1-800-833-2900.”