Alleged shoplifter dies after being subdued by Walmart workers

Alleged shoplifter dies after being subdued by Walmart workers

via Atlanta Journal Constitution

By Jill Vejnoska

The Black Friday shopping weekend apparently took a tragic turn early Sunday morning when an alleged shoplifter died while being apprehended by employees outside a Lithonia Walmart.

Two associates who helped catch and subdue the suspect before police arrived have been placed on leave; a security officer who police say may have placed the suspected thief in a choke hold, is no longer employed by Walmart.

“No amount of merchandise is worth someone’s life,” Walmart spokesperson Dianna Gee said Sunday in a statement that emphasized that it was early in the investigation into the incident and all the facts were not known yet. “Associates are trained to disengage from situations that would put themselves or others at risk.”

The two Walmart associates involved in the incident have been suspended with pay pending the investigation of the outcome, Gee said, adding that, “The security officer involved will no longer be providing services to us.”

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/crime-law/alleged-shoplifter-dies-after-being-subdued-by-wal/nTFPx/

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