Suspected Brooklyn supermarket shoplifter's death ruled homicide

September 20, 2018 - 5:54 pm

NEW YORK (AP) -- The medical examiner's office has ruled the death of a suspected shoplifter during a physical altercation at a Brooklyn supermarket as a homicide.

New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Thursday said 51-year-old Ralph Nimmons' went into sudden cardiac arrest in April after being restrained and kept in a prone position.

The medical examiner's office said Nimmons had been suffering from hypertensive cardiovascular disease.

Authorities say Nimmons was accused of stealing from the Stop & Shop store in Flatbush and collapsed after employees subdued him.

He was unconscious and unresponsive when police arrived.

Nimmons' death led to protests and boycotts at the store. Stop & Shop issued a statement saying it's saddened by his death.

The Brooklyn District Attorney's office has been investigating.