Fulton’s deputy takes off his shirt and guns to help a woman on the roof of the courthouse
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ATLANTE – Fulton County Deputy Nicolas Reynolds was returning home on June 30 when he heard the call for help on his radio. A distressed woman was on the roof of the Fulton County Courthouse in downtown Atlanta. The drone video shows the woman sitting on the ledge – her legs dangling over the side of the building – just a delicate motion from a nine-story drop to the ground.
As police and firefighters sealed off the streets and sealed off the courthouse, Fulton County deputies were sent to the roof – with a drone pilot monitoring the situation from above. Deputy Reynolds calmly stepped out onto the hot roof to help.
“I wasn’t worried about my safety. I knew where I was, and I knew I had other deputies around me, and we just had to do what we had to do to get her off the roof in safely,” Reynolds said.
The woman, in her thirties, was irritated, completely naked and shouting in Portuguese from the hot roof. Once it was clear the woman didn’t speak enough English to communicate with those trying to help, they escalated the situation. The chief investigator of the lawyer’s office called on Francesca Baez to help him. The Dominican Republic native speaks Spanish – which her colleagues hoped was close enough for her to make a meaningful connection. She did it.
“She told me she didn’t speak much Spanish, but we were able to communicate a bit because some words sound the same in Portuguese as they do in Spanish and I tried to calm her down,” Baez said. , who is working on it. master’s degree in criminal justice from Georgia State University. She works as a lawyer in the solicitor general’s office and said she was determined to do what she could to help.
“When she saw I had a sandwich, she asked me to throw it to her, but not to get too close, just toss it to her, and I kept talking to her and trying to calm her down,” Baez said.
When the woman asked Deputy Reynolds to remove his shirt, safety vest and weapons, he complied. She then handed him her sandwich and told him to eat it.
“She said I had 60 seconds to eat it, and I was just trying to boost her confidence, so I ate it quickly. Because she was naked, I could see that she had no no gun so she grabbed my vest which i had already taken off that’s when i knew i could reach her and the other deputies came up behind me to pull her good training, said the deputy who was a negotiator for 2 1/2 years with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.
“In my eyes, Deputy Reynolds is a hero. They all are. The heroes and rulers who were there that day work together to make sure she gets what she needs in the circumstances. very perilous. There were a lot of strangers there, and they did exactly what they had to do to save her,” Sheriff Labat said.
The sheriff said it was still unclear how the woman got to the roof, but said investigators found there were unlocked doors that should have been secured.
“The woman was not on the docket that day for any hearing, so it’s unclear why she chose to go to the courthouse that day,” Solicitor General Keith Gammage said.
“The woman was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for mental health care and my staff have been keeping in touch with her to make sure she continues to get the help she needs so this doesn’t happen. breed more,” Gammage said.
Baez said she was relieved how it all ended with a woman being safely escorted by sheriff’s deputies.
“That’s what happens when we show compassion, and we’re just patient with people who are under stress. I’m just grateful that those Fulton MPs were there to help. The world needs more people like that,” Baez said.