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Man Dead After Altercation At Lithonia Walmart

According to a police report, a suspected shoplifter was found dead after store employees detained him outside in the store parking lot.

A suspected shoplifter is dead after store employees at a Lithonia Wal-Mart detained him in the store's parking lot, according to wsbtv.com.

A police report obtained by the news outlet shows the incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, when a middle-aged man was suspected of shoplifting two DVD players from the Fairington Road store.

See also: Walmart: Incident at Lithonia Store 'Truly a Sad Situation'

Store employees caught the suspect in the parking lot and a fight occurred while the employees tried to detain the man for police, according to the police report.

When police arrived, they found store employees on top of the man. It is not clear which police agency responded to the incident.

The man was found unresponsive when police handcuffed him and bleeding from his nose and mouth, according to the report.

Paramedics transported the man to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A police report said one of the store employees had allegedly put the man in a choke hold, but an official cause of death has not been determined.

Employees involved in the incident have been suspended with pay while the incident is investigated, according to the report.

Raelisa mitchell November 25, 2012 at 06:13 PM
These employees going to be charged and Walmart is about to be sued
Tony Cade November 25, 2012 at 08:22 PM
If you are committing a crime. You should be responsible for what happens to you during apprehension.
CookieBanks November 26, 2012 at 03:51 PM
walmart sued big time and watch the stores policy change behind this. they'll no longer be able to peruse a shoplifter outdoor. you basically are gonna be able to walk in steal and run out and there is nothing they can do. hot mess. if he wasn't stealing he'd be alive
remy November 26, 2012 at 03:57 PM
tony, no man deserve to die when in custody of a professional or non-professional person.tony it's easy to make your statements because it's not your child.
CookieBanks November 26, 2012 at 04:00 PM
@Tony Cade my car was stolen in Atlanta in 2006. The officer that responded to the call flat out told me if they see a person driving my car which has been reported stolen they can't go after the person in a chase. They have to try to pull the person over then proceed to attempt an arrest ask questions all that stuff. If the person floors the stolen car to flee APD can't chase them. The reason...APD was sued out the wazoo because a man stole a car, cops chased him high rate of speed, crashed, broken bones, hospital bills and all that, man sued and won and he is the one that STOLE the car he was in and crashed trying not to get caught. Not right, not fair and actually stupid.
kelsie31 November 26, 2012 at 04:24 PM
All over money. Am I the only one who sees this is a huge issue? First its walmart which is worth how much? Second you are an employee who gets paid how much? Thirdly this guy took 2 dvd players worth how much? And these people take a life over it? Possibly this man thought hey I can get quite a bit of money out of these 2 items versus a few more items of less value and maybe he was needing the money for toys or food for his family? Its rarely the case but always a possiblity. Either way taking a life over money is the most absurd thing we have done as a species and I am only hoping this is the dark before the storm and the rainbow will shine one day because this is horrid.
barrett dungy November 26, 2012 at 08:03 PM
it sad to loose a life over somthing that small . We have so been condition to protect the MAN. That they sadly took a mans life to get employee of the month status its just sad all the way around . crime dosent fit punishment. .
CookieBanks November 26, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I don't think the employees tried to kill the man they were keeping a shoplifter until the police came. Forceful... I'm sure they were. This man was most likely fighting them back. It doesn't matter how much in merchandise the man stole it's the fact that he stole in the first place. You never prosper when you take what does not belong to you. This man paid the ultimate price for 2 DVD players? SICK and SAD What a foolish act. There are so many factors that we don't know. The man could have been high on drugs, he could have had a heart condition, he could have had a heart attack. His death may not be the employees fault at all. It was a tragic series of events that led to the death of this man. If he had not stole in the first place he might be alive today. It's sad and heartbreaking for all involved.
Leslie Johnson November 26, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Here is Walmart's statement on the matter: http://patch.com/A-zN21
Wendy Martin November 27, 2012 at 02:21 AM
I am so agreeing with you right about now
John Gotti November 27, 2012 at 06:49 AM
Tomathy, are you really serious about your statements?????? Let him have the DVD players........
John Gotti November 27, 2012 at 06:57 AM
Remy....It has nothing to do with the fact that Tony can easily make these statements because it's not his child. It's simply wrong for him to steal. No one deserves to die in this manner, BUT THESE ARE THE CONSEQUENCES WHEN YOU MAKE BAD CHOICES!!! I have a son, and I dig in his a&& when he gets out of pocket or make bad choices, and I don't conceal it. It is what it is. That how you learn. It is not okay to take something that doesn't belong to you. One of the reason why certain communities have higher insurances premium and higher prices of merchandise is because of high risk activity. So, when a store continues to experience loss prevention, we all suffer!!!
John Gotti November 27, 2012 at 06:58 AM
Really??
Heather Smith November 27, 2012 at 12:18 PM
There is no defense for this thief's actions. He died during a robbery and the true crime here is that Walmart may face some sort of repercussion for his death. Society is losing any sense of people having personal responsibility. And dear God people, check your spelling and grammar before you post!!

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