LYNWOOD, Calif. — Sheriff’s deputies from the Century Station were credited today with saving a man who was standing on a roof, armed with a knife, screaming for someone to kill him.

Deputies were called to the 10500 block of Long Beach Boulevard on Monday afternoon to deal with the distraught man, who was pacing back and forth, lowering the knife, and then placing its tip on his chest, according to Century Station officials.

Deputies remained in constant contact with the unidentified man while they formulated a plan. They then deployed less-than-lethal weapons, asking paramedics to stand by, according to sheriff’s officials.

After several tense minutes, deputies convinced the man to drop the knife and come down. He was taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.