2015-12-30 / Front Page

Off-Duty Cop Saves Man From Mall Suicide

By Liz Goff
An off-duty NYPD officer is being hailed a hero for stopping a disturbed man from jumping to his death at a Queens mall.

Cops said off-duty Police Officer Christian Campoverde, who is assigned to the 40th Precinct in the Bronx, was shopping with his wife and child at the Queens Center Mall at about 2 p.m. on December 20 when he spotted the man, pushing and shoving people out of the way on an escalator – all the while muttering he was going to kill himself, a police source said.

“People started screaming as this guy pushed them on the escalator,” the source said. “There were hundreds of people in the mall, and everybody started running away from the escalators.”

The man exited the escalator at the third level of the mall and raised his leg over a metal rail, still saying he was going to kill himself, police said.

That’s when Campoverde, a tree-year NYPD veteran, jumped into action, police said. “He grabbed the man,, wrestled him to the ground and held him until officers from the NYPD Strategic Response Group, assigned to a holiday detail at the mall, helped subdue the man,” a police spokesperson said.

The unidentified man was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center for psychiatric evaluation, police said.

No one was injured in the incident.

 

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