Friday, April 29, 2016
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
Published: Thursday, 1/30/2014

Police: Man dies after being pepper-sprayed, restrained by security at suburban Detroit mall


SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Police say a man has died following a confrontation at a suburban Detroit shopping mall during which he was pepper-sprayed and restrained by security guards.

Southfield police say they responded Tuesday evening to Northland Center and found that the man had a pulse but wasn’t breathing. Lt. Nick Loussia says he was pronounced dead Tuesday night at a hospital, about an hour after the confrontation began.

An autopsy is to determine cause of death. No charges have been filed.

Attorney Gerald Thurswell, who is representing the man’s family, identified him as 24-year-old McKenzie Cochran of Ferndale.

Thurswell tells The Detroit News that cellphone video shows Cochran being restrained.

Brent Reetz, general manager of Northland Center, tells the Detroit Free Press that guards weren’t aware that the man had stopped breathing.

Recommended for You

Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.

Related stories