Major Crime Squad detectives are investigating the bizarre incident early on Saturday morning in Perth’s southern suburbs as it was considered a death in police presence.
Police say they received multiple calls about 5.35am over a disturbance in Cambrey Way in Brentwood.
“Information received was that a man was acting in an unpredictable manner in the street and that he climbed onto the roof of a house,” a police spokesman said.
When police arrived, they found a 35-year-old South Lake man on the roof of a house.
The area was cordoned off and officers tried to speak with the man as tiles were being thrown to the ground.
Bill Fermaner, 81, lives next door to where the incident happened.
He says he saw the man on the roof yelling and was in an agitated state.
“He was yelling out ‘help me help me, ring the police,” Mr Fermaner said.
“He started throwing tiles.
“He was agitated, he was running forwards and backwards across the roof.
“The police came and they told me to stay inside so I did.”
A police spokesman said the man sat down on the edge of the roof and dropped onto a vehicle below.
They said it was unclear at this time whether the man was trying to climb down or if he slipped.
St John Ambulance paramedics rushed the man to Fiona Stanley Hospital where he later died.
Mr Fermaner, his neighbour, said he was worried and frightened during the incident.
“This is not the first time we’ve had trouble,” he added.
He said a police officer later told him the man had died and may have suffered a suspected heart attack.
Forensic police officers and detectives remain at the scene.
There are broken tiles and bricks strewn all over the front yard of the home.
Police have taped the home off while they conduct their investigation.
Police will prepare a report for the Coroner.