Hagerstown PD officer saves man trying to walk into traffic during mental health crisis

UPDATE: Hagerstown PD has released the body camera footage from Master Police Officer Biden. It can be found below.

*WARNING* The footage may be difficult or disturbing for some viewers.

12 July 2023- On 7/10/23 at about 10:15 am, officers were dispatched to the area of the 1900 block of Dual Highway for a male stating he was going to jump in to traffic. Master Police Officer Biden was first to arrive in the area and was waved down by a citizen telling him that there was a male on the shoulder of Interstate 70 underneath the Route 40 overpass.  Officer Biden proceeded to go to the male’s location on I-70 westbound, where the individual walked on to the highway in front of oncoming traffic. Officer Biden was trying to detain the man but he continued to make attempts to walk on to the highway.  Officer Biden was eventually able to handcuff him and safely remove him from the area.  The subject was connected to the appropriate mental health services.  

HPD would also like to thank the Hagerstown Fire Department for their assistance in blocking the entrance ramp to the interstate to reduce vehicle traffic. In addition, an unknown tractor trailer driver stopped his truck in the lane closest to Officer Biden and the man struggling in order to slow traffic.  Officer Biden had to react on his own, as there was no time to wait for backup while other HPD officers and Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies were in route to assist

The Hagerstown Police Department congratulates Officer Biden on his heroic work, no doubt saving the life of this man. Officer Biden is a 16 year veteran of the police department and currently assigned to the patrol division.   

Body camera footage will be released shortly.  Please note that this video may be difficult for some to watch. 

If any members of the public are suicidal or feel like they may hurt themselves, they can call or text 988 to immediately connect with professional crisis intervention workers.