Man Commits Suicide at Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station

A man jumped to his death from the BART parking structure.

A man jumped from the top of the Dublin/Pleasanton BART parking structure around 5:00 a.m. this morning, said BART Police Lieutenant Andy Alkire.

"At about 5:00 a.m. a BART employee called police to report a man hanging by his hands from the edge of the parking structure. Our units responded but because we were not close by, we asked Dublin Police to also respond," said Alkire. "When the officers arrived, they found a man standing on the top of the structure. When the officers tried to talk to him, he ran and jumped off the top of the Dublin side of the structure."

Alkire says the area is blocked off for the investigation but that it is not causing delays to the morning traffic.

The identity of the man is unknown and BART Police are investigating.

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Dublin Mom June 14, 2012 at 11:40 PM
So answer these basic journalistic questions: who, what, when, where, why? What did the cops say that made the man jump? Did they threaten to send up the police dog?
Autumn Johnson June 15, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Thanks for your comment. Due to the sensitive nature of suicide, we do not generally report the victim's name. The incident happened at 5am at the Pleasanton/Dublin BART station- on the top of the structure. It is unknown why he killed himself. There was no time to use a canine to stop the man or even much time to speak to the him. When he saw the police he ran and jumped. It happened very quickly. Based on my training and experience as a former police officer, the choice to use a canine in this type of situation would not necessarily be an option even if the officers had the time to try. I wrote this piece after the numerous recent suicides in the East Bay: http://patch.com/A-vghC
Bret June 15, 2012 at 06:06 AM
C'mon Autumn, just step up and say it. Dear Dublin Mom, your assumption that something the cops said "made the man jump" is ridiculous. Did you really expect something along the lines of "man hanging out on Dublin Bart parking structure was antagonized to leap to his death by threats of local police and canines." Why isn't anyone responsible for their own actions? People that knew the suicide victim have enough to deal with without moronic questions by Joe Q Public. Let the person rest in peace and the family and friends deal with it privately. Dublin Mom, focus on your child(ren) and leave matters like this to family/friends.
Longtime Resident June 15, 2012 at 08:51 AM
My thoughts exactly.


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