Fleeing police, man jumps to death in Minneapolis

  • Article by: Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: November 13, 2010 - 10:38 PM

A man running from police after a fight outside a nightclub jumped to his death from a downtown Minneapolis freeway overpass, police said.

Just after 2 a.m. Saturday, officers were called to the Epic nightclub at 110 N. 5th St., after a fight started outside the club. When officers arrived, the man believed to have started the fight ran into a nearby parking ramp, according to police.

The man ran through the ramp, out a door and onto a Interstate 394 off-ramp. He ran about 100 yards down the ramp and jumped a cyclone fence. Then he leaped over a concrete barrier and fell several stories to a parking lot below. Police believe the man was trying to escape and misjudged the distance to the ground, police Sgt. William Palmer said.

The man, identified Saturday night as Jason Yang, 29, of West St. Paul, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, Palmer said.

The cause of death was multiple blunt force injuries, the Hennepin County medical examiner said.

He landed underneath the 4th Street ramp near Target Field, police said.

Five officers who were in the area have been placed on a three-day paid administrative leave due to the traumatic circumstances involved, Palmer said.

The Minneapolis Police Department's homicide and internal affairs units are investigating.

No one could be reached Saturday at the Epic club.

TIM HARLOW AND JIM ADAMS

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