DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit police say a man who was apparently trying to steal copper from a transformer on a DTE Energy pole was electrocuted.
Police told WWJ Newsradio 950 that an investigation is ongoing but they believe the 34-year-old man was attempting to remove the copper from inside the pole, located at Putnam and Lawton, near I-96.READ MORE: 5-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots Self In Foot At Eastpointe Home
Police said he was then electrocuted by a live wire, causing him to fall off his ladder and be left hanging. He appears to have died sometime overnightREAD MORE: Detroit Department Of Transportation Adds 28 New 'Clean Diesel' Buses
A DTE crew cut power to the pole and used a cherry picker to bring down the man’s body.MORE NEWS: Possible Parvo Outbreak Kills Several Dogs in Northern Michigan
His name was not immediately released.