SAN JOSE -- A professional tree trimmer was electrocuted shortly before noon Wednesday when a rope or cable he was attached to contacted a live wire while he was high in a treetop in the backyard of a McLaughlin Avenue home, police said.

According to San Jose police spokesman Sgt. Jason Dwyer, they were called to the private property on the 2600 block of McLaughlin near Tully Road in the Stonegate neighborhood at 11:47 a.m. Arriving officers saw the man still attached to his harness about 40 feet off the ground, and the San Jose Fire Department's search and rescue team was summoned to get him down. OSHA investigators also were at the scene, Dwyer said.

He said the man apparently tossed "some type of rope" that made contact with the line, drawing a current and killing him.

The man's identity has not been released by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner's Office.

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