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Witness said he climbed the pole and pulled at wires and other items attached to the pole before succumbing to electrocution

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KOIN-6 NEWS - An aeriel view of the intersection of Southeast Stark Street and 122nd Avenue, where witnesses said a man climbed a utility pole, started throwing things down and pulling at wires, and police said was likely electrocuted. A man was electrocuted Wednesday, June 28, after climbing a utility pole at a Southeast Portland intersection, Portland police said.

People who called 911 at 4:50 p.m. said the man was throwing items from his pockets and pulling at wires and other items attached to the pole on S.E. 122nd Avenue and Stark Street.

The man was identified later as 27-year-old Kelton Michael Kennedy of West Linn. The Oregon State Medical Examiner ruled the death a suicide. Kennedy had a history of documented mental health crisis.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found the man dangling halfway up the pole, according to police.

Firefighters were sent out to help Portland General Electric crews to get the man down from the wires, although police said he has not shown any signs of life. They were able to retrieve the body at 6:30 p.m.

The intersection was closed to all traffic.

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