Man ‘dangling’ from power lines likely electrocuted

Man who climbed utility pole in Southeast Portland didn't show any signs of life

A man was electrocuted after climbing a utility pole at SE 122nd Avenue and Stark Street, June 28, 2017. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man was likely electrocuted after climbing a utility pole at a Southeast Portland intersection on Wednesday evening, police said.

A man was electrocuted after climbing a utility pole at SE 122nd Avenue and Stark Street, June 28, 2017. (KOIN)

People who called 911 said the man was throwing items from his pockets and pulling at wires and other items attached to the pole on SE 122nd Avenue and Stark Street.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found the man dangling halfway up the pole, according to police. He was likely being electrocuted at the time.

Firefighters were sent out to help Portland General Electric crews get the man down from the wires, although police said he did not show any signs of life.

The man, Kelton Michael Kennedy, was later pronounced dead at the scene. The death of the 27-year-old was ruled a suicide.

“I didn’t think he was going to go high, I thought he was just boozed, messing around,” witness Allen Collins told KOIN 6 News. “Then he went up to the top… I heard a popping, loud sound… and he was dangling from the top up there.”

Collins said the man was acting “weird like he was drunk” on the street beforehand.

Traffic was blocked in the area of SE 122nd Avenue and Stark Street.