Concord City Attorney Mark Coon died after leaping from a parking structure in the 1100 block of Locust Street in Walnut Creek Tuesday, a fall police are calling a suicide.
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District firefighters and Walnut Creek police tended to Coon after witnesses watched a man, described as in his 50s, climb into an opening at the parking garage and jump to the pavement below at 10:28 a.m.
Officers said there were several witnesses, no chance for anyone to intervene and no apparent indication of foul play as Coon climbed into a third-floor portal of the four-story structure and jumped.
Coon’s death was announced in an email sent to all city staff by Concord City Manager Valerie Barone.
The City of Concord has closed all city offices, and the Tuesday night council meeting was canceled.
Grief counselors have also been brought in for any city employee wishing to talk, according to the email.
Coon was hired by Concord in 2002 as a deputy city attorney, after a private career specializing in a wide range of issues including employment and environmental law. A meticulous lawyer known for double-checking his work and extensively researching each issue he took on, he was named city attorney in 2012 by the City Council.
He was married and had two children.
In Walnut Creek, shaken bystanders contacted this site, expressing their shock at the public nature of the incident and confirming that Coon appeared intent on doing what he was about to do.
Locust Street was shut down and traffic re-routed while an investigation into his suicide was conducted.
We’ll have more on this story as it develops.