Man arrested for parachuting off Chicago hi-rise building

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An Illinois man was arrested for parachuting off a 20-story building under construction in downtown Chicago early on Sunday morning, authorities said.

A police officer heard a loud pop and saw Shaun Walters, 44, of suburban Ottawa, Illinois “floating in the sky” over a major street that runs along the Chicago river, police spokesman Mike Sullivan said.

When Walters landed around 2:40 a.m. local time, officers placed him under arrest. Walters was not injured.

The building under construction was originally planned to be some 90 floors high but only about 20 have been finished. Walters parachuted off the top of the construction site.

“Walters was taken into custody for reckless conduct,” Sullivan said, adding that officers did not know why the man made the jump. “The officer took actions to prevent danger to pedestrians in the area, himself, and vehicles,” Sullivan said.

Walters was charged with one count of misdemeanor reckless conduct, according to Sullivan.

(Reporting by Eric Johnson; Editing by Greg McCune)

Man arrested for parachuting off Chicago hi-rise building