Elderly Man Dies After Punch by Burger King Worker

Detroit police say a 20-year-old fast food restaurant employee who punched a 67-year-old customer could face criminal charges after the man fell and later died. Police spokesman Yvette Walker says the older man was reportedly causing a disturbance Thursday afternoon at a Burger King on the city’s east side, tried to hit the employee and the employee swung back. Police say the punch may have caused the elderly man to choke on his dentures.

The man died at a hospital. Walker says an autopsy will determine cause of death. Police say the employee was being held Friday and information would be submitted to prosecutors for review. Burger King spokeswoman Denise Wilson says Friday company officials were aware of the incident and the franchise owner was cooperating with police.

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