Body camera captures officer talking down potential jumper

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A Columbus police officer is being hailed a hero after talking down a potential suicide jumper Wednesday evening.

Body cameras capture the negotiation between officer Kim Hollander and a man walking along a downtown parking garage ledge nine stories above the ground.

Hollander recognized the man from a previous incident and began talking to him. He eventually sat down on the ledge as the two talked as the officer used calming techniques.

Police said he eventually climbed down on his own without injury.

Sgt. James McFadden commended Hollander for her efforts, noting that she “utilized her training and problem-solving skills in establishing a connection” to bring the encounter to a safe ending. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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