Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012
LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) -- A man suspected of shoplifting DVD players at a Walmart has died after a confrontation with workers at the Atlanta-area store.
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."
Atlanta news outlets report the man was pronounced dead after an altercation with workers outside a store in Lithonia.
A police report shows that a middle-aged man was caught shoplifting two DVD players from the store about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. He left, but three employees caught him and had an altercation in the parking lot.
Police arrived to find 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.
An official says the employees who were involved have been suspended with pay during the investigation.
(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)