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Actually, Omar jumping out of the window to escape an ambush was something that one of the real-life guys he was based on (Donnie Andrews) actually did. The only thing that was made up about that was in the show they had him jump out of the fourth floor because they felt that people wouldn't believe it if they showed him doing what Donnie actually did - jumping out of a sixth floor window and limping away.

http://www.vice.com/read/david-simon-280-v16n12 (about half way down the page).

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