Nov 25 A suspected shoplifter died in Georgia on
Sunday after a confrontation with two Walmart employees and a
contract security guard who caught him in the store's parking
lot, local media reported.
Police said the man stole two DVD players from a Walmart in
Lithonia, southeast of Atlanta, before he walked out the front
door and was apprehended by the workers, the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution newspaper reported in a story on its
The three workers were on top of the man when police
arrived, and officers found him unresponsive and bleeding from
his mouth and nose, the newspaper said.
The man was taken to a local hospital, where he was declared
dead. He appeared to have been put in a choke hold by the
security officer, the paper reported.
The two store associates have been suspended with pay
pending the outcome of the investigation, Walmart spokeswoman
Dianna Gee said in a statement. Walmart will no longer use the
services of the security officer, Gee said.
"No amount of merchandise is worth someone's life," Gee
said. "Associates are trained to disengage from situations that
would put themselves or others at risk."
"That being said, this is still an active investigation and
we're working with police to provide any assistance," Gee said.
(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins; Additional reporting by Nivedita
Bhattacharjee; Editing by Dan Whitcomb)