Window washer in Tacoma falls to death from downtown building

A window washer died Thursday after falling from a downtown Tacoma building.

The Pierce County medical examiner’s office identified the dead man as Timothy Thomas Sargent Jr., 30, of Kent.

Tacoma Fire responded to the accident, which happened about 9:45 a.m. at the DaVita building, 1423 Pacific Ave.

Few details were available about the fall.

Sargent, who was working with a partner cleaning the building’s exterior, fell after apparently climbing over the edge of the building’s roof.

He fell roughly 10 stories and was pronounced dead at the scene, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

Sargent worked for Seattle-based United Building Services, said Cammy Wittrell, who represents the building owner, 1423 Pacific Partners.

“It’s been a very trying and sad, sad day,” Wittrell said. “We’re trying to deal with this tragedy and are thinking about his family.”

No one from United Building Services was available for comment Thursday.

The state Department of Labor & Industries is investigating the accident.

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