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Va. Man Sues Police, Lifeguard Who Saved Him From Drowning

Mateusz Fijalkowski says he's suing because the 2016 incident left him with more than $100,000 in medical bills

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    Mateusz Fijalkowski, 23, is suing the police officers and lifeguard who pulled him out of a swimming pool when he tried to drown himself.

    A Virginia man who reportedly suffered a bipolar episode and tried to drown himself in a pool is suing the police officers and lifeguard who pulled him out of the water. 

    The lawsuit filed Friday by 23-year-old Mateusz Fijalkowski says he was left underwater for more than two minutes. He says eight police officers watched and stopped a lifeguard from jumping in to save him. 

    The Fairfax County Police Department says officers acted appropriately to save Fijalkowski and protect themselves and the lifeguard from a disturbed person, according to The Washington Post.

    Fijalkowski says he's suing because the 2016 incident left him with more than $100,000 in medical bills.

    At the time of the incident, Fijalkowski says he had never suffered any mental health episodes. He was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

    SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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