Saturday, January 08, 2011

"Man hurt when stairs collapse as he's chasing burglar"

Well, this is unfortunate. You'd expect any staircase to support your weight and that of others that might be using it at the same time. You certainly wouldn't expect it to collapse, especially when you are engaged in a pursuit of a bad guy.

A man was in critical condition and two others were hurt Saturday after an apartment complex stairwell collapsed under him as he chased a burglar, police said.

Paul Sambrano, who turns 45 today, was injured Friday night when he fell on his head at the Bandera Oaks apartment complex in the 1100 block of Bandera Road on the Northwest Side.

Police said Sambrano, his wife and a niece were chasing a man they'd been told was seen coming out of a nearby apartment window. As they yelled for him to stop, the stairs suddenly gave way, police said.

(from the Express-News)

UPDATE: Sambrano has died of his injuries.

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