Video showing police officer hugging distressed man after talking him off bridge goes viral

Something unexpected happened after a police officer helped a distressed man off the edge of a bridge in North Carolina.

An officer was on his way home after finishing his day when he responded to a call about a man who was perilously hanging over the edge of a bridge over a busy North Carolina highway.  

The man was apparently in distress but the police officer seemed to earn rapport through conversation. In the video captured by a traffic camera, the man can be seen helped off the edge by the officer. 

 

Moments later, the two shake hands and the officer gives him a hug.

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