Man dead after jump from City Hall observation deck

Report It photo from Sue Evans shows scene on lower roof of City Hall.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Emergency responders were called to Buffalo City Hall Thursday morning, where a man jumped from the building.

Police and fire personnel were called to the building just after 10 a.m., where a man described as white and in his 20s apparently scaled a wall of the observation desk on the 28th floor and then jumped to his death.

Report It photo from Sue Evans shows emergency responders at City Hall
Report It photo from Sue Evans shows emergency responders at City Hall

The man’s body was found on the fifth floor landing on the southwest side of City Hall. There were no signs of foul play and police say no foul play is suspected.

Police did not say whether this person is an employee at the building. Buffalo Police Spokesman Mike DeGeorge says they have not found a note from the man, whose identity has not been released.

Parts of City Hall were closed until late Thursday afternoon and parts of the building were off limits for a few hours after the incident. A portion of South Elmwood Avenue, behind City Hall, was also closed.

Several City Hall employees told News 4 they were shaken up by the incident. There was also a field trip from Forest Elementary School touring the building at the time. However, Williamsville Central School District Spokeswoman Rita Wolff told News 4 the children were not aware of what was happening and did not see anything.

Operations have since returned to normal at City Hall.

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