A 26-year-old man died in a fall from the 12th story of a tower in the Park La Brea complex at approximately 9:45 p.m. on June 28, and an investigation is ongoing.
Police responded to Tower 36 at 350 S. Fuller Ave. and found the man unresponsive on the ground, said Detective Sean Kinchla, with the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Bureau Homicide Unit. Bystanders were attempting CPR when first responders arrived, he said. Los Angeles Fire Department personnel pronounced the man dead at the scene.
The LAPD and the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner are conducting an investigation into the death. Because authorities did not witness the events leading up to the incident and there is uncertainty about what occurred, a thorough investigation must be conducted. The coroner’s office identified the man as Clark Hellstern. The cause and manner of death will be determined pending the outcome of the investigation.
Witnesses told police the victim was hanging from a window and shouting prior to the fall. Nobody else was inside the apartment when it was searched by police, Kinchla added. Detectives will use witness accounts and any security camera footage that may be available to determine exactly what occurred, Kinchla said.
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