Police release more details on death of teen at apartment building

End-of-celebrations downtown result in fatal incident
Police release more details on death of teen at apartment building

Madison police said end-of-semester celebrations that started Friday night in a downtown apartment building ended with the death of an 18-year-old.

The Madison Police Department said officers and the fire department responded to a report of a person jumping or falling from an apartment balcony at the Equinox Apartments, 409 W. Gorham St., at about 12:17 a.m.

MPD spokesperson Howard Payne said at some point during the celebrations on the fifth and seventh floors of the Equinox, a verbal disturbance broke out.

The 18-year-old was asked to leave the event he was at, and when security was called he ran into an apartment of someone he didn’t know and went through a window, Payne said.

Police said responders found an 18-year-old man injured outside the apartment building. The teen, a high school student, was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Officials said investigators do not suspect any criminal act, but they were investigating whether the fall was accidental or intentional. It also wasn’t clear Saturday morning if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the death, but an autopsy was scheduled.