Trespassing leads to Base jumper’s death

January 16th, 2015 by Staff

Joshua Sheppard was pronounced dead at the scene.

(WLNS.COM) TOMPKINS TOWNSHIP, Mich. – It was a horrific scene last night when Joshua Sheppard, a Southfield man fell to his death.

“Troopers learned that the subject had been BASE jumping from a local commercial tower, he was deceased at the – at that site,” said Sgt. Kevin Caldwell, Michigan State Police Jackson post.

Michigan State Police tell us that he went through multiple ‘No trespassing signs to get up to the tower, and that this isn’t the first time that he has attempted a BASE jump.

“He has a history of jumping off of large structures, so this isn’t the first time that he’s done this.”

It took a climb of around 1,000 feet and even at that distance, there’s little time for a parachute to open. That could be just what happened when his parachute failed to deploy.

“There’s a reason why trespassing signs are up there’s a reason why those buildings and large towers have fences around them. ‘Cause we do not want to the public to interact with them.”

There are still many questions left unanswered, including if he attempted to deploy his parachute. The police are continuing their investigation as condolences pile up on Sheppard’s Facebook page.

Shield Media, the company that owns the WLAJ-TV tower has released an official statement regarding the incident, saying, “We are saddened to learn about this tragic loss of life. Our station offers its deepest condolences to Joshua Sheppard’s family and loved ones.”

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