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Police: Man who fell from Parkade committed suicide

Thu., March 12, 2009, 9:51 a.m.

Spokane police today said that a man who fell to his death from the sixth floor of the Parkade garage in downtown on Wednesday committed suicide.

The name of the man, in his 50s, was not released.

Officers investigating the incident, which occurred about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, said the man had been unemployed from a job at grocery store for more than a year and may have been despondent. However, he did not have a history of depression, said Sgt. Joe Peterson.

The man’s car was parked near where he apparently jumped at the top floor of the garage with no other cars around. His body was found on top of a skywalk connecting Parkade shops and the garage with the Washington Mutual Bank building to the west. Investigators found footprints on a wall and cable barrier that indicated he pushed himself off from the upper parking garage.

“There is no indication of foul play,” Peterson said.

The fact that he landed on top of the skywalk prevented the chance that a pedestrian on the sidewalk below might have been hurt, he added.

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