Target

The Target Distribution Center in Denton is shown in a 2013 file photo.

A man died at a Fort Worth hospital last week after he was injured at the Target Distribution Center in Denton on Aug. 4, records show.

Matthew Sopcic, 34, of Little Elm was driven to a Denton hospital after employees found him unconscious at about 3:50 p.m. that Sunday, according to a police report. Denton police spokeswoman Khristen Jones said it appeared the man got caught in a conveyor belt at the plant located in the 3200 block of Airport Road.

Sopcic was later taken to a Fort Worth hospital, where he died on Friday, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Jones said Monday that Denton police do not suspect any foul play was involved in Sopcic’s death. She said his death will be probed as a routine death investigation.

The police report shows Sopcic’s co-workers found him unconscious and began doing CPR on him until firefighters arrived and took over treatment.

The medical examiner’s office had not released a cause and manner of Sopcic’s death as of Monday afternoon.

Sopcic’s family could not be immediately reached for comment on Monday.

Target on Monday acknowledged that an employee died last week after a "tragic incident" at the distribution center.

The company has been in close contact with Sopcic's family and have made counseling services available to other employees at the distribution center, Target spokesperson Danielle Schumann wrote in an email.

Out of respect for Sopcic and his family, the company will not provide additional details about the incident, Schumann said. Officials will continue to work with local law enforcement and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Labor.

"At Target, team member safety is our top priority and we have many procedures and trainings in place to maintain a safe working environment in all of our distribution centers," Schumann wrote in the email.

The 360,000-square-foot facility opened in March 2013. It stores produce and other grocery products for the company and supplies them to more than 200 stores throughout Texas and six other nearby states. In April this year, the company had 160 employees, according to data from the Denton Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Partnership.

DALTON LAFERNEY can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @daltonlaferney.

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