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A Chicago man was killed Saturday after police say he tried to steal crayons and toothpaste at a local CVS store but was apprehended and choked to death by the store manager.

Police have not released the name of the store manager but say the victim was 35-year-old Anthony Kyser a barber affectionately known as “Pops.”

Witnesses tell the Chicago Sun Times that after being caught with the items Kyser was held in a choke hold for several minutes and was yelling,

“I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!”

45 minutes later he was declared dead at the city’s Mount Sinai Hospital.

A medical examiner has since ruled his death a homicide but Chicago police plan to treat his death as “accidental.”

The store manager has been put on administrative leave while police continue investigating.