Suspect dies after falling 200 feet

September 11, 2008 8:48:27 AM PDT
A 38-year-old man fell to his death early Thursday morning in San Francisco after running away from police officers that apparently saw him trying to break into a vehicle.

San Francisco police received a report at about 12:30 a.m. of a suspect breaking into a vehicle in the unit block of Alta Street, according to police spokesman Sgt. Neville Gittens.

Officers responded to the scene and set up surveillance in the area. A short time later, officers observed a male suspect getting out of a four-door Audi vehicle, Gittens said.

Officers tried to detain the man, who started to run east on Alta Street. The suspect fell at one point, dropping a screwdriver out of his pocket, before getting up and continuing to run, Gittens said.

The suspect then jumped over a wall that stands atop a hill to the west of Sansome Street. The suspect fell about 200 feet and was pronounced dead at the scene, Gittens said.

Officers also discovered a Subaru station wagon that was broken into on Alta Street, Gittens said.

The identity of the suspect has not yet been released, according to Gittens.


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