Man found dead inside downtown Chicago police station

A 46-year-old man was found dead inside a Chicago Police Department station on Tuesday morning, according to internal communications provided to CWB Chicago by a source.

An officer at the Central (1st) Police District station, 1718 South State, requested an ambulance for an unresponsive man in the lobby at 8 a.m., according to police dispatch records.

The Chicago Police Department’s Central (1st) District station at 1718 South State. | Google

CPD’s internal notification said they found the man in a lobby bathroom, which is accessible to the public. He was subsequently pronounced dead.

Detectives are conducting a death investigation and a medical examiner’s case has been opened. A source familiar with the situation said no unusual circumstances were apparent.

A CPD spokesperson said the police report was not yet finalized and they could not provide any information about the incident at mid-morning.

The Central District encompasses most of the area between the Chicago River, Lake Michigan, 31st Street, and the expressways. It includes Grant and Millennium Parks, neighborhoods like the Loop and South Loop, and parts of Bronzeville and the West Loop.

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