Police responded to a report of a dead body at the Apple Headquarters Wednesday morning. According to ABC 7 News, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s officers responded to a call that a man had been shot in a conference room at the company’s Cupertino headquarters. Initial reports indicated that the subject was female, but subsequently, the victim was found to be male.
Apparently, the confusion arose due to a female employee being escorted out of the building by security. It is unknown if there is a connection between the female employee and the victim. Some reports indicate multiple people may have been involved in the incident.
The victim is confirmed to be an employee of Apple, and there was a gun found next to his body.
Apple has refused to comment on the incident at this time, but according to The Mercury News, “An employee who spoke on condition of anonymity said most employees do not know who died and that employees were given the option of taking the rest of the day off. Grief counseling was also being offered.”
The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office determined that the incident was isolated, and there was no greater public risk. Apple remained open for business during the investigation, which took more than seven hours to conduct.
The incident started at 8:35 a.m. NBC Bay Area reported that Sheriff’s dispatch received a call about a person being “down at 1 Infinite Loop.”
Deputies found the man and determined that he was deceased when they arrived, but Santa Clara County Sheriff’s spokesperson, Sgt. Andrea Urena refused to elaborate on the cause or circumstances of the death.
“Through further investigation, they [deputies] determined there was [sic] no other individuals involved and they believe it was an isolated incident. There was no one else on campus or in the public at risk. What happens next is that the coroner will arrive to conduct an investigation as well as our investigators to determine all the details of what happened here.”
Some reports indicate that the death may have been a suicide. Gizmodo reports that the officer heard in the police scanner audio states a 10-56 attempt and that “a 10-56 is the code for suicide,” but the police code for 10-56 is usually for an intoxicated person.
At this time, no arrests have been made, so suicide is still possible as a manner involved in the death.
The death comes just one day after Apple reported a 13 percent drop in quarterly revenue from one year ago. The decline was the company’s first in 13 years.
Conflicting reports of the victim being female may have arisen because of the officer’s comment, “looks like security was escorting the employee [a female] down.”
It could be that a female Apple employee may have been escorted out of the building for an unrelated reason at the time of the call. Standard procedure for many large companies during layoff situations is to have the employee escorted off the premises by company security personnel. Such an occurrence at the same time officers arrived could easily have created confusion about the gender of the victim as well as the reports of multiple people being involved.
The corner’s investigation is currently ongoing. It is unknown whether Apple will comment or hold a press conference after the coroner releases a report on the man’s death.