Woman Falls to Death at Downtown Apartment Complex

The woman lived on the eighth floor and may have jumped, police said

A 42-year-old woman fell several floors to her death at the courtyard of a downtown apartment complex Saturday afternoon, police said.

Neighbors living in the Atmosphere apartment complex in the 1400 block of Fourth  Avenue reported the fall around 3:15 p.m., according to San Diego Police Department.

"It's just weird," neighbor Tom Hocherein said. "Then I see caution tape and all the cops and it's like what the hell is going on right now?"

When officers and paramedics arrived, they found the woman with "traumatic injuries" to her body and pronounced her dead at the scene, Lt. Anthony Dupree said.

The woman lived on the eighth floor of the complex and it appeared she may have jumped, he said. 

"Initially some of the witnesses thought they heard some arguing but no one heard anything specific to someone being pushed," Dupree said.

SDPD homicide detectives are looking into what led to the fatal fall and are investigating it as a suspicious death "out of an abundance of caution," Dupree said.

The man whom police believe is the woman's boyfriend was questioned but was being treated as a witness, police said.

The woman's identity has not been released pending notification of next of kin.

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