SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man has died after police say he attempted to shoplift from a hardware store and was injured when he was was detained by two employees.
Mischa Ryan Cox, 30, allegedly tried to walk out of Ace Hardware, 612 E. 400 South, Thursday at 7 p.m. with items in his pocket that he had not paid for, Salt Lake police said.
According to police, two workers followed Cox out of the store and attempted to detain him. When a struggle between the workers and Cox ensued, two other witnesses stepped in and tried to help the employees.
The workers and witnesses got Cox onto the ground, police said. By the time police arrived, he was unresponsive. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition, and police said at the time it was unclear whether he would survive.Comment on this story
Salt Lake police said because officers handcuffed Cox while assessing the situation, the incident is considered an officer-involved critical incident and Unified police will investigate.
Additional details, such as the time and cause of Cox's death, weren't immediately available Tuesday.
"It didn't appear he had many injuries on him from the struggle itself, so we assumed medical condition or something due to the struggle," Salt Lake Police Lt. Justin Hudson said Thursday. "But we're not exactly sure what caused him to stop breathing."