Alleged Walmart Shoplifter Died After Being Tackled By Workers, Police Say

Alleged Walmart shoplifter dies


This was a relatively calm Black Friday for Walmart, in terms of bodily injuries -- just an alleged gunfight over a parking space, and a drunk driver. But the worst incident reportedly occurred two days later, in the early hours of the morning, when Walmart workers tackled a shoplifting suspect who then died.

At 1:30 a.m. on Sunday a middle-aged man allegedly tried to steal two DVD players from a Walmart in Lithonia, Ga., according to a police report obtained by ABC affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta. Three employees at the store restrained the man in the parking lot, and when the police arrived they found him unresponsive and bleeding from the nose and mouth. He was pronounced dead at the DeKalb Medical-Hillandale Hospital.
"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," Walmart spokeswoman Dianna Gee said in a statement.

"No amount of merchandise is worth someone's life," she added.

According to the police report: A security guard at the Walmart ran after the alleged shoplifter and grabbed him by the hood of his sweatshirt. The other workers followed, pushed the man into a car, and restrained him by his hands and feet. The guard, who put the suspect in a chokehold, purportedly told the man to tap when he couldn't breathe.

The report states that when the police arrived on the scene they found the men on top of the suspect and when a policeman handcuffed the man, he noticed that there was no resistance.

The security guard who police suspect put the thief in a chokehold is no longer employed at Walmart, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The two other workers involved were suspended by the store with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

Walmart loses billions of dollars a year due to shoplifting -- but the majority is believed stolen by its employees.

Last year at a Walmart in Southern California, a man bludgeoned a 74-year-old shopper to death in what the police called an unprovoked attack. And a 2008 Black Friday stampede in a Long Island store trampled one employee to death and left a pregnant shopper hospitalized. But this appears to be the only death at a Walmart that possibly came at the hands of workers there.





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Mary Goodround

My goodness! The security guard was a moron! Isn't he trained to know the consequences of putting someone in a choke hold (did he not see what happened to Radio Raheem in "Do the Right Thing."???)
Seriously, to request that the man tap his finger if he can't breath is absurd! Once the alleged shoplifter was on the ground and restrained that should have been enough, there was no need for a choke hold thereafter. It doesn't say that he was resisting either.

In the spokewoman's own words: "No amount of merchandise is worth someone's life".

December 01 2012 at 2:05 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Jim Erickson

Why is everybody bashing the employees so badly and feeling for the thief? Screw him. Every criminal knows they take a risk every time they commit a crime, and this situation just happened to get a little out of control. Yes... it is a shame this guy was accidentally killed, but I applaud these employees for standing up against this criminal. Get a job and pay for your merchandise like the rest of us hard working people.
Before you know it, criminals in some of our prisons are going to have more luxuries and be living better than some of our citizens. Oh wait... SOME OF THEM ALREADY DO!

November 29 2012 at 1:21 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Mike Sero

Is this moron for real? You don't put someone in a choke hold if he's already secured by two other people. I'm glad this chump isn't employed anymore. When I worked for Target as a "Target Protection Specialist" - or as I always said, Rent-a-Cop, we were taught how to take down suspects and detain them. We were never taught to put someone in a choke hold until they passed out. What a fool! In what universe did this guy think it was okay to choke someone? It's like all those stories about cops getting stupid and beating handcuffed prisoners. God!

November 28 2012 at 9:34 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Dude!!!!

if he was on meth or some sort of drugs then yes it takes that many to hold him down.

November 29 2012 at 6:03 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Vic

You mean to tell me that the sucurity guard and two other employees couldn't retain this guy without putting him in a choke hold? Bullshit. All of you who think this guy got what he deserved are truly heartless. The crime does not fit the punishment that this guy received, period.

November 28 2012 at 8:48 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Vic's comment
Dude!!!!

it took 4 of us to take down a guy who had ripped us off at my store.the guy was tall and lanky but was on meth!!! so he didn't know where he was but was out of control

November 29 2012 at 6:02 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Craigermt

Shouldn't this say he allegedly grabed him? How come whatever the criminal does is alleged but anything that happens to them is the honest to God truth and we all know the bad law enforcement types are guilty of it all?

November 28 2012 at 8:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Craigermt's comment
Dude!!!!

they had security and police kill a shoplifter at wal mart last year here in knoxville.high on meth and stealing lightbulbs.he would break the bulb and snort the powder.well the paper had a huge front page story about how the guy left behind a kid and wife.he should have thought of that before he stold and did drugs.he got killed because he pulled a gun on police.now had he killed the officer or officers and or security do you think they'd have a story on them? hell no!!!!

November 29 2012 at 6:06 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
LaLaBYe

Not surprising the guard was fired..the amazing thing is all the people crying he deserved it..but were in the other forum talking about how the guy was wrong for killing the two kids that were robbing his house. He owned the stuff in there...the dvd player hadn't been purchased and most stores have a don't touch once outside the door policy so that their employees don't get killed

November 28 2012 at 7:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dude!!!!

quit feeling sorry for the criminals already!!!! my god man the media is worthless scum garbage!!!! i bet if i got robbed and beaten by ghetto thugs and the thugs were ready to have their way with my wife and i pulled a gun to save her and kill all the thugs you idiots would crucify me!!! show pics of thugs when they were 10,come up with some excuse about why my wife had her clothes off and cry about gun control laws like here in illinois where no conceal carry but criminals have no problem with having guns

November 28 2012 at 7:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joe

What you talkin bout Willis? A White ghetto, Mexican ghetto, Black ghetto, Russian ghetto...etc..?

November 28 2012 at 8:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patti

:( Sad all the way around folks....

November 28 2012 at 7:41 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

Want to hear a true WM story on a security guard who conspired to get rid of old white workers while letting the black co manager lift people on pallets with the forklift?

November 28 2012 at 7:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Iselin007's comment
Dude!!!!

sorry.the media only reports positive stories about blacks and negative ones about whites.they also report only white on black crime(10%) and nothing on black on white crime(90%)

November 28 2012 at 7:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joe

Dude...you really should get a life, and quit lying....

November 28 2012 at 8:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
Iselin007

Shouldn't the District manager be charged as an accessary?

November 28 2012 at 7:27 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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