Man falls to death from crane in Dallas standoff

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas (AP) -- Dallas police say a man who climbed a 150-foot construction crane at a college campus has fallen to his death, ending a more than 14-hour standoff.

Sr. Cpl. Melinda Gutierrez says the man died early Tuesday. His name was not immediately released and Gutierrez did not say why the man scrambled up the crane Monday afternoon.

Police sent tactical officers to the top of the crane, at Southern Methodist University. The man clambered out of the cab and dangled from it, holding on with only his hands, before falling at 1:47 a.m. Tuesday.

Police did not immediately say whether the man had a weapon, as he earlier claimed.

The crane towers over the campus in University Park, which was closed for Memorial Day.

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