Woman jumps to her death in Beverly Hills

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(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

BEVERLY HILLS (CNS) – A woman in her 50s jumped to her death today from the top of a 15-story building in Beverly Hills.

“Unfortunately, the woman finally ended up jumping from the building,” Beverly Hills police Sgt. Dave Hamel told City News Service. “I don’t know why she jumped,” he continued. “It’s a real shame.”

Beverly Hills spokeswoman Therese Kosterman said the woman was declared dead at the hospital.

According to Kosterman, Beverly Hills police and firefighters responded about 7 a.m. to reports of a “despondent, unclothed woman” on the top of a building at 414 Camden Drive.

Crisis negotiators tried to talk her down for several hours, but she jumped shortly after 10 a.m., police said.

Kosterman and Hamel said they did not know why the woman wanted to kill herself. Her name was being withheld until her next of kin could be told. She was in her 50s, Ed Winter of the coroner’s office said.

Police and firefighters closed several streets around the building, set up air bags provided by the Los Angeles City Fire Department who assisted their Beverly Hills colleagues.

“We responded to a call for mutual aid from the city of Beverly Hills,” Katherine Main of the LAFD said.. “We have also sent three liteforce trucks, one engine and battalion chief — totaling 22 people — to the scene to assist their fire department.”

By about 11 a.m., police were reopening roads in the area. It was unclear how the woman got onto the roof.

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