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Apple campus death: Employee dead in company conference room in 'isolated incident' - Mercury News

Santa Clara County Sheriff's deputies investigate a report of a body found at Apple headquarters April 27, 2016, in Cupertino, Calif. (Karl Mondon / Bay Area News Group)

CUPERTINO -- An Apple employee was found dead in a conference room at the company headquarters in Cupertino on Wednesday morning, amid unconfirmed reports that the victim might have had a gun.

Sgt. Andrea Urena of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, which provides police services in Cupertino, described the death of a male employee as an "isolated incident" that poses no broader public danger.

Urena said sheriff's deputies were called about 8:35 a.m. for a report of "a person down" and found a man dead. She added that no suspects are being sought.

"They found one individual male down and that he was deceased," Urena said. "Through further investigation they determined that there were no other individuals involved and they believe it was an isolated incident, and that there's nobody else on the campus or in the public that is at risk."

The Santa Clara County Medical-Examiner Coroner's Office has been brought into the case and will determine how the person died, Urena said.

The body was discovered after an emergency call was made about 8:35 a.m. to the Sheriff's Office and Santa Clara County Fire Department reporting a male with a head wound at the campus at 1 Infinite Loop.

Emergency dispatch audio archived online reported that the male was bleeding from the head, and "possibly has a gun," and was being escorted by security personnel. A few minutes later, dispatchers reported that "a body is in one of the conference rooms with a gun." It is unclear whether those reports are describing the same instance, but both coincide with the timing of the emergency call.

Urena would not confirm the dispatch reports.

"I don't know where those came from," Urena said. "I can't confirm any information regarding a manner or cause of death, or any weapons."

There were no obvious signs of disruption at the campus, and the law-enforcement presence appears to be limited to a few scattered Sheriff's vehicles around the scene.

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 company had no immediate comment on the death Wednesday morning.

The death occurred one day after the company reported that quarterly revenue fell 13 percent from a year ago, with sales dropping from the previous year for the first time in 13 years.

Staff writer Lindzi Wessel contributed to this report. Contact Mark Gomez at mgomez@bayareanewsgroup.com. Contact Robert Salonga at rsalonga@bayareanewsgroup.com.

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