WATCH: Police officer rescues man dangling from parking structure

Tukwila police officers found themselves in unfamiliar territory Sunday trying to help a suicidal man threatening to end his life.

A police officer risked his life to save a man dangling from a parking structure at Westfield Southcenter Mall in Tukwila Sunday.

Video posted on social media by the Tukwila Police Department shows the officer climbing to the edge of the three-story building and grabbing the man just before he could drop.

It appears another officer holds onto the first officer to keep him from going over. They were able to pull the man back up.

Tukwila officer Chris Danninger, a 12-year veteran of the department, said this was a first for him. When he and the others arrived on scene, he said it was clear the man needed help. He was walking up and down the ledge and wouldn't come down.

"We were close to getting him off the ledge, but he just kept telling us, I can't, I can't. He was very distraught, crying and I thought he was going to jump," Danninger said. "There was a point that the negotiator asked, hey, grab my hand and the gentleman answered and said I can't move. And myself and the rest of the officers that were there, we understood it was time to act."

Danninger along with two fellow Tukwila officers and a Kent police Sergeant had been negotiating with the apparently suicidal man for two hours before he went out to the ledge.

"I grabbed onto his left arm or his left wrist. Another officer jumped up on the railing and grabbed onto him. It felt like we were there forever trying to get him back onto safe ground," he recalled. "It's a good feeling knowing that we did good yesterday and the gentleman survived."

If you or someone you know might need help, call the crisis line at 866-4crisis. That's 866-427-4747.

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