- A woman in China apparently climbed out of her window during an argument
- The former solider was forced to act quickly as he saw she was about to jump
- He tried to catch her but was struck by the woman who fell at a high speed
- Both of them were pronounced dead by the paramedics at the scene
This is the shocking moment a retired soldier tried to catch a suicidal woman who had leapt from her 12-storey home.
The woman hit him with such a force that both of them died on December 10 in north-west China.
The veteran, who worked as a security guard, was fatally struck by the falling woman as CCTV footage caught the tragic incident.
Mr Li, 43, tried to catch the woman (circled) as she fell at a high speed in Xi’an, China
The woman, in her 30s, struck the security guard with such great force that both of them died
The tragic incident was captured by a security camera in a residential complex on Sunday
The incident happened at around 8:40am local time in the city of Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi Province where the woman – reported to be around 30 years of age – had been heard arguing loudly with another person in the apartment.
The 43-year-old guard, surnamed Li, had been patrolling around Century Ginwa Shopping Centre on the ground floor.
Residential homes are located from the fifth floor to 28th floor.
He is said to have spotted the woman as she climbed out of her window in an attempt to commit suicide.
Witnesses said he shouted ‘don’t jump’ but was forced to act quickly as she ignored his pleas.
It’s reported that the woman had been heard arguing loudly with another individual
The man allegedly shouted ‘don’t jump’ but was forced to act quickly as she ignored his pleas
Security footage shows the moment the brave guard took several steps forwards instead of fleeing the area. He extended his arms in a bid to catch the woman but was crushed by her weight.
Both reportedly suffered fatal injuries during the incident and were pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.
Tributes are pouring in from all over China for the retired soldier, who is a Xi’an City native.
Reports said he is survived by a daughter just six years of age and two ailing parents who are both in their 80s.
Xi’an City police are still investigating the case.