At about 5AM yesterday, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted by residents of a Shenton Way condominium about a potential suicide jumping in progress.
Residents observed that a 33 year-old Caucasian man, who resided in the 34th floor of the condominium, had been behaving strangely and loudly proclaiming that he wanted to kill himself.
When the SCDF and police were informed, a Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team was dispatched to the scene, along with fire engines and an ambulance.
Unfortunately, while the SCDF rushed to set up a protective cushion at the bottom of the man’s apartment block, he suddenly changed his mind and locked himself indoors and became very quiet.
Sensing that something was amiss, police officer knocked on door of the apartment unit to check on the man’s condition but received no response. Police broke through the door of the home only to find that the man had succeeded in killing himself by burning charcoal in his apartment. Paramedics confirmed that the man had already stopped breathing by the time that police found him, and declared him dead at the scene.
Police are investigating the case as “unnatural death”.