On a day a Spokane man hoped to die, police weren't going to let that happen.
Now, he wants you to hear his amazing story in his own words.
Gordon Kennedy reached out to KXLY. He wanted to thank police for what happened, which was all captured on these police body cameras. But, he didn't know where to start. Before you read about their powerful interaction, we need to take you back to April 24, 2016.
"Sir, I don't want to shoot you, put your gun down!" Officer Seth Killian can be heard saying on body camera footage.
"I called 911 and said there was a man walking down south Riverton with a gun," Gordon explained.
"He's asking us to shoot him, carrying his gun," Ofc. Killian said.
"I started walking and I had a BB gun that was in a holster thing and it looked like a real gun," said Gordon.
Gordon thought, hoped, that afternoon, would be his last.
"Drop the gun!" Officer John Yen says on his body camera footage.
"I have Schizophrenia and I'm Bipolar and for a few days going into this, I was hearing voices saying a lot of negativity."
On that day, in front of an audience on their balconies, Gordon begged the officers to take his life.
"We don't want to shoot you man, we really don't," Ofc. Killian said.
This isn't the first time Gordon has decided to end his life. Far from it.
Gordon says he has attempted suicide more than 100 times in his lifetime.
Since high school, Gordon's depression and, recently, negative voices have plunged him over and over into darkness.
"The police have gotten me to Sacred Heart on four or so occasions where I've overdosed," he said. "I've had my stomach pumped when I was 16 from an overdose, and I've been in a coma from it for four and a half days. I've got talked off the railing of the Monroe Street Bridge."
But this time, he wasn't going to attempt it. He wanted police to do it for him.
"Sir, will you put the gun down please?" an officer is heard saying.
"If I put it down, you won't shoot me!" Gordon replied.
"Gordon, I need you to put that down," Ofc. Yen said on the body camera footage. "Whatever is in your left hand."
Dressed in a suit, with a bible and pictures of loved ones in his pocket, Gordon changed his mind.
"I could hear kids playing, and I looked ahead of me, and about 30, 40 yards ahead of him, was a play area of this apartment building," Gordon recalled, "and I could hear kids that were playing, 3 or 4 of them, and that's when I put the BB gun pistol down."
"We need to detain you, okay.?" Ofc. Yen said. "We just have to make sure that you are safe, and that we are safe."
"Within two minutes of putting the pistol down, I was so glad to be alive," Gordon said. "I was just overjoyed."
In the body camera footage, Gordon is heard apologizing to the officers.