Walmart Death: Alleged Ga. shoplifter dies after altercation with store employees over DVD players
According to WSB-TV, a police report says a middle-aged man was caught shoplifting two DVD players from the store in Lithonia about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. He left the building, but three employees caught up to him and there was an altercation in the parking lot.
Police say at one point a worker had the alleged thief in a choke hold, WSB-TV reports.
When police arrived they found the store workers on top of the man, who was unresponsive and bleeding from the nose and mouth. He was later pronounced dead at DeKalb Medical-Hillandale hospital. The official cause of death has not yet been determined.
Walmart spokeswoman, Dianna Gee said, "This is truly a sad situation. We're in the process of working with law enforcement to determine all of the facts and cooperating and providing any information we have to assist in the investigation. Our associates are trained that the safety of our customers and our associates is our first priority. No amount of merchandise is worth someone's life."
An official says the employees who were involved have been suspended with pay during the investigation.
- Report: Dogs removed from kidnap suspect Castro's home
- Meeting Jodi Arias: First impressions never lie, or do they?
- Cops: Hofstra student died in police-involved shooting
- Ariel Castro's lawyer says he'll plead not guilty
- 17-year-old charged with murdering two Ohio brothers
- Creighton Univ. professor, wife, found slain in Omaha home
- 'Kai the hatchet-wielding hitchhiker' arrested
- Texas woman's body found 2 days after 911 call
- "The War in Chicago": A 48 Hours investigation
- Defense lawyer: Jodi Arias will speak "about who she is"
- Arias jury hears of anguish from murder victim's family
- Boy, 12, appears in court in sister's fatal stabbing
- Berlusconi "bunga bunga" parties detailed at Italian trial
- Cops: DNA confirms remains those of Ga. college freshman
- Cops: N.M. mom chased her daughter's abductor for 7 miles
- Jodi Arias Trial: Jury weighs "cruelty" factor