A coroner has concluded that a man who fell off a Sunset Drive apartment balcony in the presence of police officers last year committed suicide.
In a report released Tuesday, the B.C. Coroner’s Service said Nebojsa Cihoric, 31, died from a deliberate fall from a high-rise building shortly before 2 a.m. on March 23, 2010.
It also said mixed intoxication—a blood alcohol level of .11 and use of prescription sedative drugs—was a significant contributor to his death, which has been classified a suicide.
Cihoric died after being approached by RCMP officers who were at a 10th floor apartment on Sunset Drive to investigate a report of a domestic assault.
Police say an 11-year-old girl called to say her mom’s boyfriend was assaulting her mom. The girl let officers into the apartment and then told them the boyfriend was on the balcony.
When officers stepped outside, they saw the man was standing on the outside edge of the balcony, hanging on to the outside rail, a police spokesman said shortly after the incident.
Officers, keeping their distance, asked the man to come back inside so they could talk to him. RCMP say he then looked at officers, turned away and released his hold on the railing.
He fell seven storeys before landing on a grassed area above ground level.
Officers performed CPR as they awaited paramedics, but Cihoric could not be resuscitated.