OAKLAND -- A 40-year-old man was killed by an electric shock Wednesday night while apparently stripping copper wire from an abandoned West Oakland warehouse, police said.

Officers responded at 8:31 p.m. to the 2000 block of Mandela Parkway near West Grand Avenue after a woman called 911 to report the incident, said police spokesman Officer Frank Bonifacio..

Police found the man unresponsive and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police on Thursday were investigating reports that the man was attempting to remove items, including copper wire, from the unoccupied building at the time of his death. Copper wire is often stripped from buildings either after they have been abandoned or while they are being built and can fetch high prices from metal recyclers.

The man's official cause of death is pending an autopsy, scheduled Thursday at the Alameda County Coroner's Office.

A coroner's spokesman said the office is waiting on fingerprint records before releasing the identity of the man, who was homeless.

Police said the building is owned by Pacific Pipe Company and has been abandoned for several years.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 510-238-3326.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.



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