Man dies after jumping from downtown parking garage

Thursday, August 9, 2012 | 3:34 p.m. CDT; updated 4:48 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 9, 2012
Columbia Police Department officers use measuring tape at the scene where a man jumped to his death from the parking garage at Fifth and Walnut streets on Thursday.

COLUMBIA — A man died Thursday morning after jumping from the parking garage at Fifth and Walnut streets.

Columbia Police officers found the man's body in the alley between Fifth and Sixth streets, in the driveway of the Commerce Bank drive-thru, police said.

His identity had not been released pending notification of relatives, but police described him as being in his late-30s or early-40s.

Detectives used video footage from the garage security cameras to confirm the man jumped, a news release from the Columbia Police Department said.

Detectives on the roof of the garage found no other people near the spot where the man jumped, said Officer Gamal Castile.

Officers used police cars and yellow tape to block off the alleyway where the victim's body lay covered by a yellow tarp before it was taken away.

The man is the second person to jump to his death from the top of the 10-level parking garage since it opened in March 2011. A woman jumped off the same garage and landed on the awning of the garage in May 2011. Later that same summer, a man threatened to jump off the garage but was talked down by police.

Lesia Schlop, a bystander, said she was headed to the post office Thursday morning when her daughter told her that someone had jumped off the garage. 

She walked over to the scene out of curiosity.

“It’s crazy,” Schlop said. “They’re going to have to do something about it because that’s too easy for people to jump.”

Supervising editor is Dan Burley.

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Adam Wood August 9, 2012 | 2:09 p.m.

Exactly, Lesia Schlop. We need to spend money to suicide-proof every tall structure in Columbia. These suicidal people will never find a way to kill themselves if we can just make it harder to jump off of buildings!

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Gerald Shelnutt August 9, 2012 | 4:17 p.m.

If they want to kill themselves you can't legally stop them.

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Bill Fisher August 9, 2012 | 5:28 p.m.

Agreed, Adam Wood. People will always find a way, and there's really no reason to spend money blocking .1% of the methods someone could kill themselves in this city. I mean, they'd still have every overpass, a bottle of Tylenol, guns, railroad tracks, wrong neighborhood on the wrong night, stripped electric cords in their own home... the list goes on.

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