HPD officers couldn't hold on to man who jumped off H-1 Freeway

HPD officers couldn't hold on to man who jumped off H-1 Freeway

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It was dramatic scene on the H-1 Freeway near the Kunia exit Monday afternoon.

Cell phone video obtained by Hawaii News Now shows two Honolulu Police Officers desperately trying to hold on to a man as he dangles on the overpass.

The male officer grabbing his torso, the female officer, clutching his hand. She repeatedly adjusts her stance to maintain her grip.

But after a few seconds, the man appears to jar himself free, and falls 25 feet to farmland below.

He died at the hospital.

The video shows how distraught the officers were after.

The 37-year old man, who we are not identifying until next of kin is notified, is over six feet tall, and over 250 pounds.

HPD Deputy Chief Dave Kajihiro says his size made it difficult for the officers to maintain their hold.

The man was being transported to Castle Medical Center for mental health treatment.

"(He) was brought in to the Kapolei police station by family members who were concerned for his safety," says Kajihiro, "After discussing the male's medical condition with the emergency medical services... it was determined that he should be brought to a medical facility for evaluation."

It was while the man was being transported that he was able to get out of his handcuffs, and kick out a rear window of the police car, and run to the ledge.

Kajihiro says officers routinely take people to the hospital if they are a danger to others or themselves, even if no crime was committed.

HPD is reviewing their policy to make sure there isn't something that could have been done ahead of time in this case.

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