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Man jumps to his death from Riverfront Park bridge

A man climbed on top of the Howard Street Bridge in Riverfront Park about 2 p.m. Saturday and jumped into the Spokane River to his death.

The man, who has not been identified, jumped off the blue steel bridge that runs from behind the old YMCA to Canada Island, said Spokane police Officer Tim Moses.

Police had received multiple calls about a man on the bridge and were en route when he jumped, Moses said.

He fell about 65 feet and landed on a rock outcropping, according to the Spokane Fire Department.

“We got calls from people at Anthony’s restaurant who saw it happen,” Moses said. “There were a lot of people on the footbridge and a lot of people in the park.”

To help members of the fire department’s high angle rescue team more easily recover the body, Avista slowed the water flow in that channel of the river, Moses said.

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