A man has died after falling from a city centre car park today.
Police were called to the multi-storey NCP on St Jude's Passage at around 4.15pm by a member of the public who was concerned about the man, believed to be in his 40s, as he sat on a ledge.
It has emerged that while officers desperately tried to reassure the man, they were abused by angry drivers who were unable to return to their cars.
The man fell to his death while specialist police negotiators were making their way to the car park. Medics tried to save the man who died a short time later at hospital.
West Midlands Police's Professional Standards Department have been informed of the man's death as officers were in attendance when he fell.
Inspector Mat Minton, from Birmingham Police, said: "As officers battled to save the man's life, police community support officers who were stopping people entering the area were met with abuse from drivers angry at being unable to return to their cars.
"My officers who attended have been left greatly upset by the tragic incident but all our thoughts remain with the man's family.
"Because our officers were at the scene when the fell, I have notified our Professional Standards Department in line with national guidelines."
The area remains cordoned off this evening while forensic examiners visit the scene.
The man has not yet been formally identified and a post mortem will take place in due course. His next of kin have been informed.
Ed Shawcroff, the general of the Victoria pub which is opposite the scene of the tragedy, said: "It was around 5pm. That's when we saw the blue lights and there were four police cars, one ambulance and one PSCO."
"He had fallen and the police and ambulances were trying to resuscitate him."
He added: "I have worked here for five years and this has never happened."
A cordon remains in place around John Bright Street between Suffolk Place and Hill Street.