1800pac.jpgReader J asked us:

Any word on what happened this morning in front of 1800 Pacific Ave.? There were a lot of police starting around 7:00, and when I went outside around 8:30, there was a medical examiner’s van and a high powered hose was being used to wash blood off of the sidewalk. They whole area was taped off too.

According to SFPD spokesperson Officer Samson Chan, at 6:50 this morning, SFPD believes that a person died after leaping from an unspecified floor of the the 12 story building at that address.

As in most cases that are presumed suicides, few details beyond that are available. Which is fine with us — there are many excellent reasons we try to avoid reporting on deaths that are believed to be suicides. This is as good a time as any to mention that the SF Suicide Prevention is reachable 24 hours a day at 415-781-0500.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Megan Allison

    Law & Order SVU Season 10, the episode with Carol Burnett. RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES.

  • Megan Allison

    Law & Order SVU Season 10, the episode with Carol Burnett. RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES.

  • phatfrog

    It was a suicide. The man jumped as the police arrived. I have video, but it’s not worth looking at, so sad.

  • phatfrog

    It was a suicide. The man jumped as the police arrived. I have video, but it’s not worth looking at, so sad.

  • raqcoon

    I think reporting or not reporting a suicide should be done on a case-to-case basis. Maybe today’s doesn’t warrant coverage, but the sidebar in last Tuesday’s suicide was about spectators encouraging the person to jump for their own entertainment. Sure, there is a hotline for suicide prevention, but obviously what San Francisco needs is a hotline for compassion.

  • raqcoon

    I think reporting or not reporting a suicide should be done on a case-to-case basis. Maybe today’s doesn’t warrant coverage, but the sidebar in last Tuesday’s suicide was about spectators encouraging the person to jump for their own entertainment. Sure, there is a hotline for suicide prevention, but obviously what San Francisco needs is a hotline for compassion.

  • friendofthevictim

    Megan,

    What do you mean by that?

    Phatfrog,

    Are you the person who called it in?

    -Friends

  • friendofthevictim

    Megan,

    What do you mean by that?

    Phatfrog,

    Are you the person who called it in?

    -Friends

  • sad witness

    Friendofthevictim,

    I’m very sorry for your loss. I have no idea who the phatfrog is, however I am the one who called in this tragedy to 911 shortly before the man leaped to his death. I woke up around 645am and while closing my blinds which face the 1800 Pacific bldg (across the street) I noticed the man who perished standing at the edge of the roof of the building. At first I thought he may be just smoking a cigarette or something, as it was too early for a building maintenance worker to be up there. However he was not smoking and his actions atop the roof were very ‘abnormal’, so I called 911 and reported this. The police arrived quite rapidly and ‘stealthily’- no sirens or anything like that. I saw the man leap seemingly as he saw police approaching the building- as the man was falling I saw police running towards the building in my peripheral. I think he leaped as soon as he saw them approaching. Very sorry for your loss and this very sad incident which I will never forget.

  • sad witness

    Friendofthevictim,

    I’m very sorry for your loss. I have no idea who the phatfrog is, however I am the one who called in this tragedy to 911 shortly before the man leaped to his death. I woke up around 645am and while closing my blinds which face the 1800 Pacific bldg (across the street) I noticed the man who perished standing at the edge of the roof of the building. At first I thought he may be just smoking a cigarette or something, as it was too early for a building maintenance worker to be up there. However he was not smoking and his actions atop the roof were very ‘abnormal’, so I called 911 and reported this. The police arrived quite rapidly and ‘stealthily’- no sirens or anything like that. I saw the man leap seemingly as he saw police approaching the building- as the man was falling I saw police running towards the building in my peripheral. I think he leaped as soon as he saw them approaching. Very sorry for your loss and this very sad incident which I will never forget.

  • SFSP Staff

    I am a staff member at SF Suicide Prevention and just wanted to make it known that our counselors are available to talk to anyone who is suffering or feeling traumatized by this loss. You do not have to be suicidal to give us a call for support.

    415-781-0500

  • SFSP Staff

    I am a staff member at SF Suicide Prevention and just wanted to make it known that our counselors are available to talk to anyone who is suffering or feeling traumatized by this loss. You do not have to be suicidal to give us a call for support.

    415-781-0500

  • On the Avenue

    So sad. I’m very pleased to hear that there is some discretion used in reporting such a tragic event. I am so often appalled at the thoughtlessness of not only the press but people commenting about accidents, murders and deaths — as if they aren’t all a great tragedy to the families and friends involved.

  • On the Avenue

    So sad. I’m very pleased to hear that there is some discretion used in reporting such a tragic event. I am so often appalled at the thoughtlessness of not only the press but people commenting about accidents, murders and deaths — as if they aren’t all a great tragedy to the families and friends involved.

  • sfran234

    Please, if anyone has any information or a description of the person, I would like to talk to you. Please email sfran234@gmail.com. The victim may be my friend.

  • sfran234

    Please, if anyone has any information or a description of the person, I would like to talk to you. Please email sfran234@gmail.com. The victim may be my friend.

  • phatfrog

    no, I only saw it at the end. I never saw the person jump.

  • phatfrog

    no, I only saw it at the end. I never saw the person jump.

  • phatfrog

    The video I have is of the guy before he jumped. When I realized what was happening I stopped recording. I thought at first he was going to throw something off the building, not himself. When I first saw him I thought he had stuff in his hands and was throwing shit off the roof. By the time I realized what was happening I saw the police car and them him on the ground. I find it so sad that he did jump and I walk by the spot everyday saying a prayer for him and his family.

  • phatfrog

    The video I have is of the guy before he jumped. When I realized what was happening I stopped recording. I thought at first he was going to throw something off the building, not himself. When I first saw him I thought he had stuff in his hands and was throwing shit off the roof. By the time I realized what was happening I saw the police car and them him on the ground. I find it so sad that he did jump and I walk by the spot everyday saying a prayer for him and his family.

  • sfran234

    phatfrog, could you please send me an email at sfran234@gmail.com? I just have a question I’d rather not ask in this public forum. Thanks.

  • sfran234

    phatfrog, could you please send me an email at sfran234@gmail.com? I just have a question I’d rather not ask in this public forum. Thanks.