OAKLAND -- A 40-year-old man killed by an electric shock this week while apparently stripping copper wire from an abandoned West Oakland warehouse has been identified as Aaron Madacsi, according to the Alameda County Coroner's Office.
Madacsi was a transient, according to a coroner's office spokesman. He died just before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday while reportedly trying to remove wire from a building in the 2000 block of Mandela Parkway, police spokesman Officer Frank Bonifacio said.
A woman called 911 to report the electrocution and when police arrived they found Madacsi. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police were investigating reports that Madacsi 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.
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.
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