Paramedics rushed to the branch but the 50-year-old could not be saved and was pronounced dead at the scene. Metro UK reported.
50-yr-old man slits his own throat in supermarket after they refused to give him methadone
A man killed himself in front of horrified shoppers after refused to give him methadone.
Shoppers who witnessed the terrifying incident say the man had wandered into the store demanding methadone but was refused the drug.
The man, who was from Stoke-on-Trent, then slit his own throat.
One woman said: ‘A woman came running out of the store screaming and carrying a little baby. She was shouting ‘he’s just done it in front of me’.
Police cordoned off the High Street store following the incident but it has since reopened.
Another shopper, Mark Abbot, who lives nearby, said: ‘The police moved in so fast. The police officers took control of the situation and stopped people from going inside.
‘At that point I didn’t know what had happened, so it was a shock to see so much activity taking place. I was then told a man had cut his own throat.
‘I feel so sorry for the man’s family and the poor staff and customers who must have witnessed it. They must be traumatised to see that happen in front of them.’
A Boots UK spokesman said: ‘We can regretfully confirm an incident happened in our Newcastle store in which a man died and we would like to extend our condolences to the family.’
Police said the man’s death is not being treated as suspicious.
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