The man was suspected of stealing a car, and a chase on foot had ensued. But San Francisco police were determined to help this man, who may have made some mistakes, but in a moment of passion, not the biggest mistake of all: jumping.
But they were having trouble. Negotiations on the ledge went on for hours. The man couldn't find a good enough reason, it seemed, to retreat to safety.
But then police brought a loved one to see him: the man's pet cat.