Man killed after 8-story fall identified

ST. LOUIS – A man who fell out of a downtown St. Louis hotel window to his death over the weekend has been identified.

William Brown, 23, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, died late Saturday night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the 200 block of North 4th Street.

Leah K. Freeman, a spokesperson for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, says witnesses told officers Brown had arrived back in their 10th floor hotel room shortly after 11 p.m., and that Brown had consumed alcohol and was upset about an altercation from earlier in the evening.

Witnesses say they were trying to calm Brown down when he ran toward the room's window and hit it with his body, causing it to shatter. Brown fell from the 10th floor to a second floor overhang.

Brown was pronounced dead at the scene.

Freeman says investigators determined no crime had been committed.


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