A body has been discovered at Apple’s headquarters, it is being reported, with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office investigating. Police and Fire Department vehicles were summoned to the Apple’s Cupertino campus during Wednesday morning, with the body having been found in a conference room.
News reports initially suggested a woman was found at the scene, although further reports and finally, a spokesperson for the Santa Clara County Sheriff Department, revealed it was a male Apple employee. A gun was also found at the scene, it is reported.
TMZ has obtained audio of police scanner conversations that, while hard to make out, perhaps explains why there was confusion over just exactly what had happened or indeed was still unfolding at the scene. TMZ summarized:
According to the sheriff’s dispatch call there was a female employee involved in an argument on the campus, and had sustained a head wound — possibly from a gun — before Apple security escorted her out of the building.
As deputies were responding, they were unclear if there were multiple people involved. One portion of the dispatch exchange describes a body being found in a conference room, and that person had a gun.
An audio recording from the sheriff department’s dispatch includes the code 10-56 that, depending on the police department, can be the code that is used to describe a suicide. This would tie in with further reports that there were no further people involved in the incident.
As this incident took place at Apple’s main campus, the company is said to be offering counselling to its employees whilst also giving them the option of leaving work for the day. An unnamed Apple employee told reporters that the majority of Apple’s employees are not aware of who the deceased is, or which role he held within the company.
An investigation into the cause of death is currently being carried, though the Sheriff’s spokesperson maintains that no other individuals are involved and that there is no risk to other employees on the campus, which will remain open as usual.
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