Just before 9:45 a.m. on Sept. 14, Las Vegas police received reports of a suicidal man on the roof of an apartment building at 1065 E. Flamingo Road, near Maryland Parkway. Authorities negotiated for hours with Figueroa before he fell.
At one point during the negotiations, police gave Figueroa water. Spokesman Jay Rivera said at the time that Metropolitan Police Department officers were hoping the sun would wear him out and that he would come down safely. The high temperature that day was 91 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
It was not clear how the coroner’s office determined that the fall was an accident. On Friday, Rivera said the Police Department would not comment on the ruling.
Signs of suicide can include changes in conversation, behavior and mood, according to the American Association of Suicidology.
If a person talks about being a burden to others and feeling trapped; if a person starts acting recklessly or withdrawing from friends, family and activities; if a person starts experiencing rage, anxiety, or a loss of interest — among other factors — reach out to the person or seek help.
For more information, visit suicidology.org/resources/warning-signs. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255, provides access to trained telephone counselors, 24/7.