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Man parachuting off Loop high-rise arrested

A police officer patrolling the Loop early Sunday heard an odd, “loud popping sound,” and saw a man “floating” down onto Wacker Drive, police said.

A parachutist had jumped from a 25-floor Loop building under construction at 117 W. Wacker Dr. about 2:40 a.m., said Chicago police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.

Shaun Walters, 44, was charged with reckless conduct, a misdemeanor, after jumping from the building under construction, which reaches 25 floors high, but is planned to reach 90.

Following a brief float amongst Loop high rises, Walters was arrested as he tried to run from the scene, said Chicago Police Lt. Charles Flynn.

Walters, who couldn’t be reached for comment, told police he lives in Ottawa, 80 miles southwest of Chicago. The address he gave police also houses Skydive Chicago — a business that offers camping and rental cabins to parachutists. An employee of Skydive Chicago refused to comment Sunday afternoon.

Walters, who once worked for Adventure Skydiving Tennessee, was quoted in a 2009 skydiving feature published in “Sidelines” — the newspaper of Middle Tennessee State University — as saying: “I remember the first time I went skydiving — it was Feb. 9, 2005 in New Zealand. . . . Literally, I sold my house, my car and gave up my job just so I could do this every day.”

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