TV Tower BASE Jumper Fatality Identified

(WLNS) – Michigan State Police have released the identity of a man who died after apparently jumping from a commercial television tower Wednesday night.

Investigators say 31-year-old Joshua Sheppard of Southfield died around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Police say it appears based on preliminary investigation and witness statements the Sheppard trespassed onto the property and climbed to the top of the tower, where he attempted a BASE jump. Sheppard’s parachute failed to deploy. BASE stands for building, antenna, span and earth.

The tower is located on Baseline Road in Jackson County’s Tompkins Township and is owned by Shield Media, which runs WLAJ-TV. Sheldon Galloway, president of Shield Media, said, “We are saddened to learn about this tragic loss of life. Our station offers its deepest condolences to Joshua Sheppard’s family and loved ones.”

Police are still investigating at this time. 6 News will provide updates as soon as they are available.

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