Shoplifter dies after scuffle with Brooklyn grocery store employees

Shoplifter dies after scuffle with Brooklyn grocery store employees”

Police in Brooklyn are investigating after an alleged shoplifter died inside of a grocery store following an altercation with store employees.

The 51-year-old man, who residents said was named Gerard but was known by "Star" in the area, was tackled by three employees at the Stop & Shop at Flatbush and Tilden avenues, the New York Post reported.

The man is alleged to have been under the influence of a drug and police say they found him in possession of a machete and two knives.

'He said, "I have a bad heart, I can not breathe". "So they wrestled him and he didn't want - he wasn't trying to be held, he was trying to get out", said Jacene McDonald.

Police need the public's help finding a man they say fired off gunshots in front of a hookah bar in Gowanus Saturday. When emergency responders arrived on scene, they discovered the man in cardiac arrest.

Police didn't have information about how he was restrained, but witnesses said he was telling store employees to let him go and complained that he couldn't breathe as they held him down, according to reports.

He was later pronounced dead at the hospital, police said. The medical examiner has yet to determine the cause of death. Stop & Shop released a statement saying, "There was an incident at our Stop & Shop Flatbush Avenue store this morning involving a suspected shoplifter".

The man may have been homeless and stole from the store often, a pal told NBC New York.

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