The middle-aged man allegedly stole two DVD players from a Walmart in Lithonia around 1:30 am on Sunday morning. The employees and security guard tried to subdue him in the parking lot until police arrived on the scene, resulting in a physical altercation. Police say that they found the man bleeding from his nose and mouth and that he was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The preliminary police investigation also reports that the shoplifter was placed in a chokehold by the security officer.
Police have launched a full investigation to look into the matter. The Walmart employees have been suspended with pay and the security guard no longer works there.
In response, a Walmart spokesperson released a statement:
“No amount of merchandise is worth someone’s life. Associates are trained to disengage from situations that would put themselves or others at risk.”