Police and Seattle Fire were called to the scene just before 3 AM by friends waiting at the base of the complex of towers that rise above E Madison and are visible across the city. The caller said the male was suicidal and had climbed so high on the eastern tower that he could no longer be seen from the ground. The 911 caller said the male was texting pictures from high on the tower to friends below, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.
Seattle Fire initiated a rescue response and a portion of E Madison was closed to traffic. A witness told CHS she saw somebody fall from the tower around 3:10 AM. Seattle Fire and police were inspecting the scene around a utility building at the base of the tower at 18th and Madison after the fall.