Slideshow: Man falls from crane during police standoff in Texas

Slideshow: Man falls from crane during police standoff in Texas

Credit: WFAA-TV

A man atop a construction crane on the SMU campus who had held police at bay for more than 14 hours fell or jumped to his death early Tuesday morning.

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Associated Press | WFAA-TV

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 7:05 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 29 at 7:23 AM

UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas (AP) -- A man who had been holed up in a 150-foot construction crane on a college campus fell to his death after an hours-long standoff with Dallas police.

WFAA-TV early Tuesday showed the man hanging precariously from the crane on the campus of Southern Methodist University before falling at 1:47 a.m.

He spent a sweltering Monday afternoon on the crane that towers over the campus in University Park, a posh north Dallas enclave, after telling officers he was armed and threatened to shoot anyone who approached him.

Police did not immediately say whether the man had a weapon, as he earlier claimed.

Special tactics officers from the Dallas Police Department had been working with SMU campus police to manage the scene and try to talk the man down from the crane.

WFAA reported that tactical officers advanced to the cab of the crane early Tuesday, so the man exited the enclosure and at first was hanging over the edge with two hands; then with one hand; and then he fell.

WFAA-TV reports Dallas police confirmed that the man was linked to the carjacking of a box truck from the parking lot of the Adolphus Hotel. The vehicle was recovered on the SMU campus and from there, he apparently decided to climb to the top of the towering crane nearby at the site of a new university dormitory facility just east of the football stadium.

His name was not immediately released and authorities did not say why the man scrambled up the crane Monday afternoon.

 

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