BWC video shows Mich. officers save 17-year-old in crisis


By Sarah Roebuck


WARREN, Mich. — A 911 call and two police officers helped save a 17-year-old’s life. 

When Warren Police officers Chad Rossow and Charles Cobble arrived, they immediately could see the 17-year-old with a gun pointed at his head, WXYZ reports.

“I’m driving down Nine Mile and there’s this young man in a cream-colored hoodie with a backpack on. He’s got a water bottle … and he’s got a gun,” the 911 caller said. “The first time I saw him he had it up to his head. I’m just kind of concerned for him.”

Body-worn camera video showed the officers hopping out of the cruiser and asking the 17-year-old some questions. The interaction, which lasted less than 90 seconds, led to a second chance for the 17-year-old.

“I just want to die,” the 17-year-old can be heard saying on the video.

“I don’t want you to die,” Rossow said. “You got a family? You got a mom? You got a brother or sister? What do you think they’re going to feel? Let me help you. Can I help you? I’m not here to hurt you,” Rossow continued as the 17-year-old still held the loaded firearm.

He then said, “I told the (expletive) mental health facility I wasn’t ready to leave.”

Rossow assures the 17-year-old he will take him to get treatment. He then dropped the gun and began to sob as officers get closer to retrieve the gun. The officers were able to meet the 17-year-old’s parents at the hospital.

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