No charges in death of Salt Lake suspect in custody

November 27, 2019 GMT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Salt Lake County district attorney says he won’t file any charges against police in the death of a suspect after an altercation outside a hardware store in downtown Salt Lake City in May.

Police say 30-year-old Mischa Cox was suspected of stealing from the ACE Hardware before citizens restrained and detained him on the ground in the parking lot on May 6.

District Attorney Sam Gill said in a letter to the sheriff and police chief Tuesday that a Salt Lake City police officer arrived and put handcuffs on Cox while he was on the ground then began to question a witness before he assessed Cox again and determined he was unresponsive and not breathing.

Gill said it appears Cox was either already dead when police arrived or had sustained fatal injuries “making his impending death essentially inevitable.”