Mall Death Was Accidental

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) -- A medical examiner has ruled that the death of a 25-year-old man following a confrontation with security guards at a suburban Detroit shopping mall was accidental.

The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/OkBFTD ) the Oakland County Medical Examiner's office made the determination in the death of McKenzie Cochran. Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Cheryl Loewe says there was "no purposeful act" and the guards were "doing their jobs."

Lawyer Gerald Thurswell represents Cochran's family and disputes the determination. They've sued, seeking $800 million.

The autopsy found cause of death was position compression asphyxia.

Southfield police interviewed witnesses and guards at Northland Mall after Cochran died Jan. 28. Investigators were awaiting autopsy results. Cochran was pepper-sprayed and restrained by at least three guards after a shop owner felt threatened and called for help.


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