PCSO: Pinellas County deputy stops Sunshine Skyway Bridge suicide attempt

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. - A Pinellas County deputy traveling across the Skyway Bridge on Monday saw a female preparing to jump. He stopped and convinced her to get back on the bridge, according to a sheriff's statement.

K-9 Deputy Anthony LoRusso was heading northbound for his nightly shift when he spotted a black sedan stopped at the top of the bridge.  He then saw a female near the car leaning over the guard rail.

He pulled over "and observed the female begin to lay on top of the guard rail and hang off the edge."

Deputy LoRusso approached her and saw she was crying.  He began talking with her and she began to calm down. She eventually placed both feet back on the bridge, according to the statement.

Deputy LoRusso rushed forward to secure her and waited for other deputies to arrive.

No other information was immediately available.

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