A Los Angeles Airport Police officer came to the aid of a man who threatened to jump from the upper level of Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport May 20, police said.
Officer Thi Tran was alerted to the scene through a radio call at about 2:45 p.m., when he saw a man sitting on top of a railing on the upper level, leaning forward in an apparent attempt to jump to the lower level roadway of the terminal, Airport Police spokeswoman, Sgt. Belinda Nettles, said.
Tran, who has served with the police force since 2009, began to talk with the man and after he urged him to carefully come down from the railing, the man complied and walked toward the officer, Nettles said.
The 27-year-old man had been reported missing by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at the time of the incident, Nettles said. He was taken into custody without further incident and transported for a psychiatric evaluation over the subsequent 72 hours, Nettles said.
Nettles noted that airport police are called to respond to a number of different incidents while serving at LAX and officers are always prepared to do whatever they can to protect someone’s life.
“You never know what you may encounter at the airport,” she said. “Airport police are always ready to provide whatever type of safety is needed to the traveling public.”