Man Runs from Police, Leaps to Death on US 75

Police were responding to a disturbance call at a convenience store

By Ben Russell
|  Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012  |  Updated 8:13 AM CDT
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Dallas police are investigating the death of a man who ran from officers overnight Wednesday and jumped to his death onto U.S. Highway 75 Central Expressway.

Ben Russell, NBC 5 News

Dallas police are investigating the death of a man who ran from officers overnight Wednesday and jumped to his death onto U.S. Highway 75 Central Expressway.

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Dallas police are investigating the death of a man who ran from officers overnight Wednesday and jumped to his death onto U.S. Highway 75 Central Expressway.

Police were called to a 7-11 convenience store at the 75 access road and Lemmon Avenue after report of a man causing a disturbance inside of the store.

When the officers arrived, the man immediately ran from them, across the parking lot and onto the sidewalk of the access road between Lemmon and Hall Street, according to police.

After a distance of at least 100 yards, the man crossed the access road and, without breaking stride, put his hands on the guard rail and vaulted himself over the wall, police said.

The man then fell at least 30 feet to the highway below and died, according to investigating officers.

Investigators had to shut down all but one of the northbound lanes of 75 for several hours overnight to do their work.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner's office will work to determine the man's cause of death.  It is unclear at this point if the fall alone killed him, or if he was hit by a car once he hit the ground.

The man's name has not yet been released.

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