LITHONIA, Georgia — The Black Friday shopping weekend was, as expected, a wild and occasionally violent experience at some stores across the country. But the shopping madness turned deadly in Georgia, where a suspected shoplifter died while being apprehended by employees in a Walmart parking lot.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the alleged shoplifter took two DVD players from the Lithonia, Georgia, Walmart early Sunday morning. Authorities say that he walked out of the front door of the store, but was caught in the parking lot by two Walmart employees and a contract security guard.
Witnesses say that the alleged shoplifter was involved in a ” physical altercation” with the two employees and the security guard in the parking lot.
When police arrived on the scene, the alleged shoplifter was found to be unresponsive and bleeding from his nose and mouth. He was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“No amount of merchandise is worth someone’s life,” Walmart spokesperson Dianna Gee told the Journal-Constitution.
The DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office is working to determine the man’s cause of death. The two Walmart employees involved were placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation, while the security guard no longer works for Walmart.
“We don’t know all of the facts right now. We’re in the process of working with law enforcement to deterimine all of the facts and cooperating and providing any information we have to assist in the investigation,” said Gee.