Independent investigation launched after suspected burglar dies falling off a roof

West Midlands Police has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct after detaining a man who fell from a roof and later died in hospital.  

Oct 1, 2018
By Serena Lander

The force was called to Robin Hood Road, Willenhall, to reports that a motorist had collided with parked cars on Saturday (September 29). 

The driver subsequently fled from the scene and climbed onto a roof from which he fell. 

West Midlands Police has confirmed that officers detained the 31-year-old man in connection with an attempted burglary. The ambulance service then took him to hospital where he died the following morning. 

A spokesperson said: “Inquiries are on-going to establish the circumstances of what has happened. 

“A mandatory referral was made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct who have launched an independent inquiry.” 

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