Sacto 9-1-1
April 1, 2013
Evidence suggests that hanged man downtown was tagger

RP HANGING DEATH WATCHA.jpgSacramento police say that evidence suggests that the man who died while descending from a downtown building was attempting to mark or etch something on the facade.

Police and fire personnel responded to calls of a man's body found hanging from a building at 12th and K streets at 7:45 a.m.

The man's death appears to be accidental, according to police spokeswoman Officer Michele Gigante. A can of spray paint and an etching tool that could be used to deface glass was found on a roof above where the man was found hanging.

Fire personnel responded to get the body down from the building. Battalion Chief Marc Bentovoja said the department had no reason to believe the man's death was a suicide.

"It looks like accidental more than anything else," said Bentovoja.

Investigators are looking at evidence and building security video. Bentovoja said the man had two pieces of rope looped around his body in the way climbers use in free-mountaineering.

Gigante said the man was rigged with the rope so that he was in a harness or seating position. The man in his 30s appeared to be either cinched or tangled in the rope.

"There was no tagging but spray paint and an etching tool were found," said Gigante.

Photo caption: People gather near 13th and J streets to watch firefighters as they pull a man back up to a balcony from which he was hanging from a rope. Police said the man's death appears accidental. Photo by Randy Pench / rpench@sacbee.com

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