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#1 Hum

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 21:54

LITHONIA, GA -- DeKalb County police and the medical examiner's office are investigating how a man accused of stealing from a local department store ended up dead. The incident happened early Sunday morning outside a Walmart in Lithonia.

According to the DeKalb County police report, the store manager suspected a man of stealing two DVD players from the Walmart on Fairington Road at around 1:30 a.m. Authorities say the store security guard and two other Walmart employees followed the alleged thief, described as a middle-aged man, into the store parking lot.

According to the police report, the three workers confronted the suspect and when things got physical, they managed to subdue him only after a security guard placed a choke hold on the suspect.

Responding police officers reported all three workers were on top of the man when police arrived. An officer handcuffed the unresponsive man and noticed he was bleeding from the nose and mouth. Paramedics transported the man to DeKalb Medical where he was pronounced dead.

The department store chain describes the incident as a "sad situation" and says it's working with DeKalb County police to determine what happened.

In a statement, company spokesperson Dianna Gee says "our associates are trained that the safety of our customers and our associates is our first priority. No amount of merchandise is worth someone's life...Associates are trained to disengage from situations that would put themselves or others at risk."

Officials with Walmart say they are conducting their own internal investigation into the incident. They say the security officer will no longer work for them, and the Walmart associates allegedly involved have been suspended with pay.

Sources tell FOX 5 that the police officer who placed the man in handcuffs has also been placed on administrative leave while the investigation is ongoing.

No names have been released in connection with the incident. Authorities are awaiting for autopsy results to determine the cause of death.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 21:56

Poor Wal-Mart employees sheeps. Risking their security and to an extent their life for 2 poor DVD players and a ****-poor salary.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 22:09

I wonder if they closed the Wal-Mart ...

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 22:17

Everyone is at fault except for Wal-Mart, but surely they did their best when they trained these fine young security staff and team members; after-all "Safety is their top priority".

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 22:25

I wonder if they closed the Wal-Mart ...


Not in Corporate America™. Every death is an opportunity and Walmart offers 10% off coffins if its staff are implicated in the death.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 23:51

Charge the Wal-Mart workers with manslaughter.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:13

The thief used a cyanide pill. It'll show up in the autopsy.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:16

Those must have been some damn good dvd players to make this worth it....

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:17

Those must have been some damn good dvd players to make this worth it....


Walmart doesn't carry "damn good dvd players" :p

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:27

In DeKalb sh*t happens. I'm not surprised. Those Walmart security need to go to jail. There's a big prison right there in dekalb. Right off the freeway not too far from the Walmart. Family can visit while other family members they're there.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:45

Walmart doesn't carry "damn good dvd players" :p


I guess I was wrongasuarus rex about that one :(

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:48

Bad things happen when you try to stop shoplifters. A few years ago a security guard at our Wal-Mart got shot and died after trying to confront a shoplifter. Turns out, the shoplifter was stealing a disposable camera.

http://www.wafb.com/...y.asp?S=1891279

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 02:11

Walmart doesn't carry "damn good dvd players" :p


Or good anything for that matter.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 02:26

Don't do the crime if you can't survive the encounter.

It's a good thing I don't live there, I would never convict them of doing their jobs if I were on the jury when they get charged, and they will, this is America land of "it's never the criminal's fault"

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 02:37

Don't do the crime if you can't survive the encounter.

It's a good thing I don't live there, I would never convict them of doing their jobs if I were on the jury when they get charged, and they will, this is America land of "it's never the criminal's fault"


I didn't realize their job was to kill shoplifters.