Police investigate woman’s fatal fall from downtown apartment

SAN DIEGO — Police are investigating the “suspicious death” of a woman who fell from the eighth floor of an apartment building downtown, the San Diego Police Department confirms.

The woman’s body was discovered on the ground floor of the Atmosphere apartments on Fourth Street in the Cortez Hill area around 3:30 p.m. The woman landed in a courtyard near a playground area at the center of the building, dying from her fall injuries, SDPD Homicide Lt. Anthony Dupree said. The victim was believed to be in here early thirties.

Dupree said the circumstances leading up to the woman’s fall were still unclear, but that the homicide unit was investigating the fall as a “suspicious death” out of an “abundance of caution” after some residents reported hearing arguing before the fatal incident.

A resident on the fourth floor said she heard a distressed dog barking and a startlingly loud “bang,” around the time of the woman’s fall, but that she hadn’t seen what made the woman go over the railing.

Police were questioning one man inside the building — believed to be the woman’s roommate or boyfriend — but Dupree emphasized that he was being treated as a witness, and that he was not being detained at that time.

The homicide unit’s investigation continued into Saturday evening.