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Shoplift Suspect Dies in Confrontation

Yahoo News – by Alyssa Newcomb | ABC News Blogs

A man suspected of shoplifting two DVD players from a Lithonia, Ga., Walmart today died after an altercation with two store employees and a contract security guard, prompting a police investigation.

The man, whose identity has not been released, exited through the front door of the store at 1:30 a.m. today and was confronted in the parking lot, according to DeKalb County police.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found the employees on top of the middle-aged man, according to a police report obtained by ABC News affiliate WSB-TV. When an officer bent down to handcuff the suspect, he noticed there was no resistance.

At that point, the officer noticed the suspect was bleeding from the nose and mouth, according to the report. He was transported to DeKalb Medical-Hillandale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“This is truly a sad situation. We don’t know all of the facts right now. 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,” Dianna Gee, Walmart spokesperson, said in a statement issued to ABC News.

Gee said the contract security guard will no longer be providing services to the retailer. The two store employees have been suspended with pay while Walmart assists police in the investigation.

“Our associates are trained that the safety of our customers and our associates is our first priority,” Gee said. “No amount of merchandise is worth someone’s life. 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.”

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6 Responses to Shoplift Suspect Dies in Confrontation

  1. Sunfire says:

    “Our associates are trained that the safety of our customers and our associates is our first priority,” Gee said. “No amount of merchandise is worth someone’s life. 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.”

    Well, it’s beyond painfully obvious that your ass-ociates weren’t trained very well. If any Walmart employee or security guard put their hands on me, they’d be leaving the scene in a body bag.

    • Carol Ann Maciel says:

      Amen Sunfire!!! My question , not to negate this man’s death what if it would have been a child,,,children even those who are taught right from wrong sometimes steal what the heck would they have done to the child? the parent? the granny?

  2. Andrea says:

    Oh my God, who knows who actually killed a man for stealing 2 stinky DVD’s worth it maybe 10 dollars, the people or the police? How about justice against politcians parasites who steal, kill and invade other nations killing innocents just for greed? The USA is a country where i will never wish to live, there is justice for the regular people but not justice for the big shots and killers.

  3. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “Gee said the contract security guard will no longer be providing services to the retailer.”

    No charges filed?

    “The two store employees have been suspended with pay while Walmart assists police in the investigation.”

    Again, no charges filed?

    Apparently, death is not a major factor for consideration when caught stealing from corporations.

    And in an increasingly rare instance, the cops weren’t the killers.

  4. Kuro-chan says:

    In these sort of instances, I wouldn’t be surprised if the corporation got out of this mess for free. It will probably be written off as “Suspect just happened to have a (Fill-in-the-blank) while the good-natured staff were merely trying to ascertain the problem… blah blah blah…”

    Also, how you can you expect the citizens to have any sense of morality and ethics when they are being led around by some of the worst criminals and crooks in history? Sheer hypocrisy…

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