An unidentified man was reportedly choked to death by a Walmart employee, after being suspected of shoplifting at a Walmart store in Lithonia, Georgia (video below).
A police report said that two employees and a security guard tried to detain the man in the parking lot of the Walmart, after he was seen leaving the store without paying for two DVD players on Sunday morning.
When police arrived, they found the three employees on top of the man. A police officer had the employees get off the man, who was unresponsive and bleeding from his nose and mouth, reports WSB-TV.
The suspect was taken to DeKalb Medical-Hillandale Hospital and pronounced dead. An autopsy will determine if a choke hold applied by one employee caused his death.
The two Walmart employees have been place on paid leave and the security guard was no longer working for the company, reports WXIA-TV.
Walmart spokesperson Dianna Gee said in a statement: “This is truly a sad situation. 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.”