On Friday, the Antioch Police issued an updated to the death of 34-year-old Michael Hamilton who died after a struggle with a Lucky’s employee.
At approximately 10:00 pm Wednesday, Contra Costa County Firefighters and Antioch Police responded to a report of a male who had been choked out by an employee at Lucky’s Grocery Store on Contra Loma Blvd. The male was not breathing at the time of dispatch. He later died at the scene.
According to Antioch Police Lt. Joe Donleavy, he confirmed a physical occurred inside the store related to shoplifting where officers arrived on scene with a subject unconscious and without a pulse. They were still gathering information on the incident.
No other information was provided.
On June 26th, 2020, an autopsy was performed on 34-year-old Michael Hamilton by the Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office. The autopsy revealed there was no trauma to Mr. Hamilton’s neck, indicating there was no use of a chokehold, carotid or any other pressure applied to Mr. Hamilton’s neck.
Mr. Hamilton died from underlying issues of drug use and the excitement of the struggle he was involved in during this incident.
A preliminary drug screening showed Mr. Hamilton had methamphetamine in his system, but the amount is unknown until a full toxicology report can be completed. The 56-year-old store employee was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital on the night of this incident
Original Antioch Police Press Release:
On June 24th, 2020, at around 9:58PM, Antioch Patrol Officers and ConFire were dispatched to the Lucky’s grocery store located at 3190 Contra Loma Boulevard, for a male who was not breathing after getting into a physical confrontation with a store employee.
It was determined that a 56-year-old store employee caught a 34-year-old male (Antioch resident) attempting to steal meat from behind the butcher shop area of the store. The store employee confronted the 34-year-old male and according to the employee the male attacked him.
During the physical confrontation the 34-year-old male stopped breathing for an unknown reason. ConFire attempted life saving measures on the 34-year-old male, but were unsuccessful and the male was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The 56-year-old male was transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries sustained during the physical confrontation and is currently in stable condition. At this point of the investigation it is not clear whether the 34-year-old male died due to the physical confrontation or if he had a medical emergency that caused his death.
The cause of death will hopefully be determined at the autopsy and through interviews. No further information will be released until a cause of death is established.
Anyone with information regarding this case can contact Detective Coxat 925-779-6866. Any further information or additional press releases will be provided by the Investigations Bureau.You may also text-a-tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the key word ANTIOCH