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Tuesday August 7th, 2018 :: 09:18 a.m. PDT


#LASD and #LVMPD - Two Agencies, Miles Apart, Saving One Life

As Law enforcement agencies we are in the business of saving lives, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department collaborated last week to save a distraught Facebook user. Social media is used for many things, one of which caught the attention of a concerned user. A Lancaster Sheriff’s station dispatcher received an unusual call on August 1, 2018, from a third party regarding a male adult attempting to commit suicide on Facebook, a social media platform. This happened at about 9:16 P.M.; the caller stated there was a person broadcasting “LIVE” and appeared to be hurting himself in an apparent attempt to end his life. The caller believed the person transmitting on Facebook was a Lancaster resident and provided limited information. 
Lancaster station personnel investigated the incident and determined the person broadcasting on Facebook LIVE was in Las Vegas, Nevada at the time of the incident. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was notified of the emergent situation, by Lancaster station.  Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers were able to locate the male adult, saving his life. The male adult was transported to the hospital for treatment.
With the combined efforts of two law enforcement agencies who are hundreds of miles apart, the officers and deputies worked together to save a person from distress and saved his life. If you need to talk to someone, never be afraid to reach out for help. You may call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255) at any time if you ever feel you need to talk to someone.
We want to extend our gratitude to the officers at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for working hand in hand with our deputies during this developing situation and to the concerned social media user.  

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