Woman Dies After Jumping From Beverly Hills High-Rise [UPDATED]
A woman leapt from the top of a
14-story 15-story building in Beverly Hills this morning.
Police responded to the call of a suicidal woman near the intersection of Camden Drive and Brighton Way around 7 a.m., according Beverly Hills Police Sergeant George Demarois. He told LAist that the woman jumped hours later. Some people watching and updating Twitter said she jumped around 10 a.m, and pictures show that she was naked. She's been transported to a hospital, but Demarois said he didn't know what her condition was.
Earlier this morning Beverly Hills police spokesman Lt. Lincoln Hoshino told City News Service that they had sent a crisis team to talk her down. The Los Angeles Fire Department had set up portable airbags at the base of the high-rise and sent 22 of its people to assist the Beverly Hills Fire Department.
Police closed off streets in the area. Camden Drive was shut down from Wilshire Boulevard to Rodeo Drive and Brighton Way from Rodeo Drive to Roxbury Drive.
UPDATE 9 p.m.: City News Service is reporting that the woman was a patient at a medical office inside the building.
UPDATE 2:30 p.m.: Kosterman told City News Service that the woman who jumped has been identified, but her name isn't being released until her family is notified. She's described only as a woman in her 50s. The woman was declared dead at a hospital.
It's not clear how the woman got to the roof of the 15-story building. Police confirmed reports and photos from the scene that the woman was unclothed. They weren't sure why the woman was despondent.
UPDATE 12:20 p.m. The woman who jumped has died, city spokeswoman Therese Kosterman told City News Service.
UPDATE 11:14 a.m.: Beverly Hills police Sgt. Dave Hamel told City News Service that the woman survived the fall, but he did not know her condition.
If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone, remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt, and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.