Burger King Death Ruled A Homicide

The death of a  Detroit Burger King customer has been ruled a homicide. Police say 67-year-old Paul Cannon fell and later died after being punched by a 20-year-old employee.

The incident happened Thursday evening at a Burger King restaurant on Gratiot, near St. Aubin, on Detroit’s east side.

According to Detroit Police, Cannon was reportedly causing a disturbance Thursday afternoon and tried to hit the worker, who swung back.

Police say the punch knocked Cannon to the floor. He was rushed to a hospital where he died a short time later.

Wayne County medical examiner’s office spokesman Dennis Niemiec said an autopsy conducted Friday determined that Cannon died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Niemiec says the man’s dentures were “not an issue” in the death. An earlier report said the punch may have caused the older man to choke on his dentures.

 The worker was in police custody Friday. His name was not immediately released.

(Copyright 2010. WWJ Newsradio 950. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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  1. @dustin_scott says:

    I dont know, but that kid has got a “Whopper” of a left hook!! Maybe he needs a promoter.. Don “King”!! We need o get him in the “Onion” Ring!!!

  2. Billy says:

    What’s with the “we” stuff? Only one person is responsible here, the one who hit the man.

  3. @dustin_scott says:

    That kid has a “Whopper” of a left hook. He needs a promoter.. Maybe Don “King. He needs o get into the “Onion” Ring.

  4. Mark R. Taylor says:

    So much for “Have your way”?

  5. RUFUS LEVIN says:

    Ross…he was the grandson of Obama’s sometimes Daddy who made a lotta brothas with a lotta different muthas.

  6. HEXS says:

    Wow….. I would like to take a crack at trying to describe some of the people commenting on here. Racist, never worked in fast food, and probably thinks there own degree or job puts them above everyone else! But that is us right typical americans. No wonder other countries hate us we are infested with ingnorance.

  7. Actually Researched Before Posting says:

    If you read the same story from different sources it actually says the 67 year old threw the first punch. DO RESEARCH BEFORE YOU JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS. Also race has nothing to do with it, the area the kid was raised does however. Look at the white celebrities from Detroit: Eminem and Kid Rock- both white, both trashy. It’s city living and lack of proper parenting and poor education, not race. No You shouldn’t punch people, that’s a given but kid did not know the man would die, how could he foresee punching a man and having him choke on dentures? The man was irate throwing punches and the kid punched him back. Before anyone goes branding me a Democrat, I would like to say 1) I’m a Libertarian, 2) I’m a soldier in the US Army – a true patriot, that doesn’t just talk- actually does something for their country (unlike most of you “patriots”) 3) I am White.

    1. TXZN says:

      Interestingly, this article/page started out with little to no info – very poor journalism CBS Detroilet.
      It did not specify it was an 67 y/o white man that died, but it does now say the young man was defending himself & not the aggressor.
      Having read all the posts here, 2 things remain evident is {1} (quote=Sourpuss) Note the lack of true investigative journalism here. Half the story, little or no facts. Sad what the media has become here in the US. Just talking points(/quote) {2}Racism is alive & well in america
      T/Y “Actually Researched Before Posting” for remaining objective & providing usable insight

      P.S. Without a doubt – rufus is a dufus

  8. HEXS says:

    So Lets say the 20 year old had died, what kind of comments would we see here! Lets not forget the old man through the first punch! His death was a result of his own actions. Not to say that the 20 year old was right cause he was not. But by the age of the old man you would think he would be wiser and not start a conflict in a public place. If he was old or young does not matter should never act that way without expecting a response! And who said he was african american or other wise! Pretty racist think he was just because he works at a burger king!

  9. Detroit Eastsider says:

    Get the facts first. The sixty seven year old attacked the the 20 year old. Then tried to hit him with a bottle and the boy retaliated. There is definitely a concern for customers, but shouldn’t employees be safe also?

  10. El Jefe says:

    That’s some kinda customer service!

  11. Impeach Blobama says:

    Father’s Day being the most confusing day of the year? LMFAO! Good one!

    Yup, definitely a rapper wanna be–guess his “world tour” will begin and END @ Jackson/Marquette [not Joliet].

    ROTFLMAO

  12. Impeach Blobama says:

    It must be hell being black stuck in Detroit working at…….a Burger King!

    Actually HELL is where the BK employee will be going (Marquette?) :)
    He’ll trade his wallet in for a purse.

    LMFAO

  13. L.L. says:

    They need to just put a cage around the entire city of Detroit ! Animals!

  14. The Prophet says:

    You can always rely on TNB to ruin all that was once decent.

    They call us “racists,” but the truth cannot be suppressed forever. They call “racism” an internet phenomenon; I call it a basic truth that we are forced to deny. They attempt to portray us as an inconsequential and “radical” sect because we dare separate ourselves from the politically correct orthodoxy, but this is a farce; they FEAR our true numbers and the underlying CREDIBILITY of our message.

    The time of fostering the worthless and parasitical has long become unsustainable, and we are reaching a crossroad.

  15. MINISTER G. OF TX says:

    THIS IS A TRAGIC STORY ALL YOU HEAR IS DEATHS HAPPENING IN DETROIT. I AM PRAYING FOR WHAT USED TO BE THE CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE TO RETURN AS BEING SUCH. THE PROBLEM WITH THIS GENERATION OF SOME NOT ALL YOUNG ADULTS IS THAT THERE IS NO PRAYER IN THE HOME GOD HAS BEEN COMPLETELY LEFT OUT. PARENTS GET WITH IT GET BACK TO CHURCH AND TAKE AND INSTILL GOD IN YOUR CHILDREN BEFORE IT IIS TO LATE. WHAT HAPPENED TO MORALS AND VALUES AND DON’T CAGE PEOPLE UP LIKE THEY ARE WILD ANIMALS PRAY TO GOD FOR HEALING AND HELP IN THIS CITY.

  16. Fenria says:

    It’s the blacks, stupid.

  17. M says:

    By inciting violence the customer wanted to “have it his way”. The employee responded by giving the customer a non-menu item, the knuckle sandwich. Sounds like good service to me.

  18. destroyercheetah says:

    The King killed a hamburger!

  19. Disgusted says:

    STUPIDITY knows no color barrier. HATE knows no color barrier. BOTH parties involved were wrong for becoming physically violent. Shame on you, CBS (and these comment boards) for giving a forum to the hateful and stupid. As though we were not subjected to enough of it already. Screen the comments BEFORE you allow them to be submitted!

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