Monday, July 27, 2009

Suspect dies after highrise balcony plunge

A man who jumped from a ninth-floor balcony on a downtown Calgary highrise in an attempt to flee police has died.

Calgary police who responded to an apartment building on Friday afternoon in the 900 block of Sixth Avenue S.W. found a man with stab wounds.

He told them his female friend was being held against her will by her ex-boyfriend in her ninth-floor apartment.

Police arrived to find a large appliance blocking the apartment door. As they tried to get in, the man, in his mid-20s, jumped from the balcony and landed on a wooden terrace on the third floor.

He was taken to hospital under police guard where he died on Sunday.

"Police do not believe foul play was involved in his death," the force said in a statement on Monday. "Because no charges had been laid and the death is not deemed to be suspicious, the name of the deceased man will not be released."

Investigators said they consider the case closed and will offer no further comment.

The man in his mid-30s who was stabbed suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The woman, in her 20s, was treated in hospital with minor injuries.

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