Police: Man involved in argument outside Salt Lake hardware store dies

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SALT LAKE CITY — A man who was involved in an altercation with employees and bystanders outside a hardware store last week has died, police said.

Mischa Ryan Cox, 30, died after the incident, Salt Lake police announced Tuesday in a Tweet.

The altercation took place about 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ace Hardware store at 612 E. 400 South. Cox allegedly tried to walk out of the store with things he had not paid for, police said.

Two employees from the store walked out and confronted him, according to police. A struggle ensued and two bystanders joined in.

They eventually got Cox onto the ground, but by the time police arrived Cox was unresponsive, police said. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Officers put handcuffs on the man after they responded. Because of that, the altercation was treated as an officer-involved critical incident, police said.

It is not clear if Cox was unresponsive after the argument due to injuries he received or an unrelated medical condition.

Unified Police Department will be handling the investigation into the incident, Salt Lake police said Tuesday.

Police did not release any further details about Cox’s death on Tuesday.

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