National Museum of the American Indian
WASHINGTON – An unidentified male plunged to his death from the third story in the atrium section of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in the nation’s capital on Saturday afternoon.
The cause of his death has not been released pending the release of the medical examiner’s report, according to Gwendolyn Crump, spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, which is handling the ongoing investigation.
The fatal fall occurred about 4:15 pm on Saturday afternoon, about one hour and fifteen minutes before the Museum closed. There were some 50 people in the area of the incident. All visitors were evacuated for cautionary purposes.
One witness said the man was on the third level near its four-foot wall just before the he fell to his death.
Leonda Levchuk, a spokeswoman for the museum, said the man apparently jumped,told the Washington Post.
While the man’s name has not yet been released by the police officials, Crump indicated the he was a white male.
The National Museum of the American Indian is located on Washington’s National Mall and attracts thousands of visitors, including visitors from throughout the world, every month.
Officials at the National Museum of the American Indian referred the Native News Online to the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia for comment.
This was the first apparent death of this nature at the Museum since it opened its doors on September 21, 2004 in Washington.