Man who fell from 4th floor of Ellensburg apartment has died

Officers witnessed the man go out of a fourth-floor window
Ellensburg Apartment

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — A young man fell from the fourth floor of an Ellensburg apartment and died Tuesday night. Police suspect he was under the influence of drugs.

Ellensburg police were called around 10 p.m. to the Central Park Apartments on E. Helena Ave. Someone had called 911 to report a person behaving erratically.

According to Capt. Dan Hansberry, as two responding officers pulled up to the apartments, they witnessed a man go out of a fourth-floor window and fall to the ground.

Capt. Hansberry spoke with KAPP-KVEW as a medical helicopter was landing at an airport with the intention of transporting the patient to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The man passed away as the crew was getting ready to transport him.

“The man appeared to be under the influence of some type of substance,” said Capt. Hansberry, adding it was likely a hallucinogenic drug.

A second person also under the influence of the drug — which police have yet to formally identify — was taken to Kittitas Valley Healthcare, where he is said to be stable.

As part of their investigation, police will be speaking with the second person, any roommates, and other people that were at the apartment. Investigators have yet to determine whether the person jumped or accidentally fell.

The apartment is on the upper-most floor of the apartment complex, which caters to students of Central Washington University. It is unclear whether the people involved are CWU students.

The man was believed to be in his early twenties.

*Correction: A previous version of this article stated the helicopter crew took the patient aboard and flew him to Harborview Medical Center, however the man passed away before he could be transported.