Police in Grass Valley, California were able to prevent a man from jumping off an overpass onto a busy freeway. Grass Valley Police Department/Facebook

Gripping footage from a police officer’s body camera released Tuesday showed the moment officers saved a man’s life by preventing him from committing suicide. Police in Grass Valley, California happened upon a man attempting to jump off a local overpass when the incident took place.

“Officers spoke with him for several minutes, trying to get him to reconsider,” the police department wrote on its Facebook page. “The officers focused their efforts on gaining compliance without the need to use physical intervention.”

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The video shows a period where the officers are standing apart from the man as he looks out onto the overpass. The man can then be seen suddenly climbing the fence in an attempt to jump over onto the busy highway below. That’s when the officers took action.

“By reacting quickly, the officers were able to prevent a horrible tragedy and get the young man the crisis intervention services he needed,” the department said. “They also protected the motoring public from the possibility of serious traffic accident risks.”

The police department noted that the identity of the individual was obscured in the video and would not be released for privacy reasons.

The video footage appeared to be from an Axon body camera, according to the words printed on the upper right-hand portion of the screen. Axon, the company that invented Taser, recently launched a nationwide program to give all police officers body cameras.

“We want officers to have the tech that they need to keep themselves and their communities safe,” Axon founder and CEO Rick Smith said in an announcement in April. Smith aimed to bring about a “new kind of police report” in which data would be procured from the cameras, protecting both officers and the community and allowing officers to spend less time on paperwork and reporting.

“It’s time for a change,” he said. “Our goal is to triple the time officers can spend serving their communities by automating the burden of paperwork. Sound impossible? Good. We love proving doubters wrong.”

Some body camera footage has proven to be instrumental in reporting incidents. Police in Colorado released body cam video in May depicting an officer involved shooting. An officer can be seen attempting to help what appeared to be a stranded driver who then attacked the officer. The police officer subsequently fired his gun twice, hitting the driver in the arm once.

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“It certainly could have cost the deputy his life,” Littleton Police Cmdr. Trent Cooper said of the incident at the time. “You know, it just goes to show how unpredictable, how the situations are where this deputy thought he was making a courtesy traffic stop and helping a motorist in need and a short time later, he’s involved in an officer-involved shooting.”