Police rescue man threatening suicide on Facebook Live

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ROCK HILL, SC (FOX 46 WJZY) — The Rock Hill Police Department rescued a man who was threatening to kill himself while on Facebook Live last Wednesday evening.

The man, who police said is in his mid-20’s, had been evicted out of his girlfriend’s apartment. Officers initially responded to the Brittany Place apartments at 1890 Cathedral Mills Ln., but the man ended up leaving the scene.

He then started a Facebook Live stream announcing his suicidal plans, according to police. Some of his followers contacted Facebook and others contacted police.

“On his Facebook stream I think he said there were too many cops in the area so he actually saw us out there looking for him,” Sgt. Cedric Stokes said.

Rock Hill Police said Facebook was able to pin the live stream to a wooded area near Sanders Street.

He was found with “multiple towels tied together inside a book bag,” according to a police report. They believe was planning to hang himself.

“Well, I just saw somebody that was desperate, looking for help,” Sgt. Bruce Haire said.

The man was taken to the hospital to be evaluated by doctors.

As for Sgt. Stokes and Sgt. Haire, they’re thankful, that this time, social media allowed them to get help for someone in need.

If you or a loved one needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. The phone lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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