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'I don't want my life!' Video shows a desperate scene over a Florida highway overpass

Screengrab of bodycam footage
Screengrab of bodycam footage Volusia County Sheriff's Office

We've heard a lot lately about suicide, after the shocking, unexpected deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.

But there are other regular folks going through mental-health issues.

On Wednesday, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office posted a video of a man who was threatening to jump off the overpass at Bellevue/I-95 in Daytona Beach. The highway was shut down in both directions for about two hours.

"This footage is a condensed version of negotiations that lasted for more than an hour," reads a VCSO Facebook post. "His name and face don't need to be posted here. But everybody's life matters, and hopefully this video shows that."

In bodycam footage, you can see a thin, barefoot man, wearing just shorts, climbing over the ledge and dangling his feet to the highway below.

"We need to take you with us," says a deputy.

"I'm not going anywhere!" the individual says, with a heavy accent.

Somebody hands the deputy a green apple to give to the man.

At one point, the desperate man hangs over the edge, looking perilously close to jumping.

The officer then tells him that a deacon is on the scene to talk to him and help him.

"The guy wanted to get you some help," says the deputy.

"I've got nothing to care about," replies the man. "I don't want my life!"

Eventually, he complies and walks over toward officers, who cuff him and give him a cigarette.

"I'm a crackhead. I hope you can forgive me."

"Good luck to you, brother," says an officer.

The whereabouts of the individual are unclear. But the post ends with information on how to get in touch with mental-health professionals: "The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255. Someone's there 24/7."

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