Apple employee found dead at HQ

  • 28/04/2016

An Apple employee has been found dead at the company's Silicon Valley headquarters, police said, with local media reporting the victim suffered a head wound and a gun was discovered near his body.

Sergeant Andrea Urena of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office told reporters at a press conference that deputies were called to Apple's main offices in Cupertino at 8:35am (local time).

"When deputies responded to the campus they found one individual male down and determined he was deceased," Sgt Urena said.

"Further investigation determined that no other individuals were involved. We believe this to be an isolated incident and that nobody else on campus or in the public is at risk," she added.

Sgt Urena said that Santa Clara County Coroner's investigators would conduct an autopsy to ascertain the cause and manner of death. She said authorities were not searching for any suspects.

The San Jose Mercury News, citing emergency dispatch calls, said initial calls to police reported a man with a head wound.

Dispatch audio posted on the newspaper's website also shows that the unidentified victim was found in a conference room on the campus with a gun.

Sgt Urena declined to comment on those reports at the press conference.

A spokeswoman for Apple declined to comment on the investigation, referring reporters to the sheriff's department.

The so-called Infinite Loop campus was calm on a cold and windy day in suburban Cupertino. A vehicle for the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department could be spotted in the parking lot, as well as a handful of white Apple security vehicles with flashing yellow lights on top.

The Infinite Loop campus is the hub for Apple's vast workforce in Cupertino, which numbers 16,000 employees, according to a 2013 report on the company's economic impact. The company is constructing another campus in the city, a massive loop of glass often likened to a spaceship.

Apple on Tuesday reported its first-ever decline in iPhone sales and its first revenue drop in 13 years.