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Resident of mental health facility falls to death after breaking window

A 56-year-old man fell to his death after smashing through a locked eighth-floor window in a state-run mental health facility Wednesday, authorities said.

A staff member of the Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center in the South End saw the resident go through the window moments after hearing a loud crash in a community room, a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said.

The window could not be opened from the inside, according to authorities.

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The man was killed after landing on the roof of a three-story structure attached to the building, near an outdoor recreational area for residents of the Department of Mental Health facility.

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Security staff called 911 immediately after the incident, which took place around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Authorities are investigating the circumstances of the man’s death but do not believe the matter is criminal.

The man, whom authorities did not identify, had been a resident of the facility since 2008.

Peter Schworm can be reached at schworm@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globepete.