A Georgia man, suspected of stealing from a local Wal-Mart died, Sunday (Nov. 25) after being confronted over the alleged crime. Authorities in Dekalb County arrived to the store at around 1:30 a.m. to find employees on top of the man, who was busted reportedly taking two DVD players.
An officer placed the man in handcuffs, and realized that he didn't resist. Further inspection found that he was unconscious and bleeding from the nose and mouth.
He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
“No amount of merchandise is worth someone's life,” said Wal-Mart spokesperson, Dianna Geee. “Associates are trained to disengage from situations that would put themselves or others at risk.
A preliminary investigation concluded that a security officer put the middle-aged man was placed in a choke hold, but his official cause of death has not yet been determined.
“This is a truly sad situation,” Gee continued. “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.”
Going into the Black Friday shopping blitz, Wal-Mart found itself in the spotlight over employee strikes held around the country. There were also instances of violence in Wal-Mart and other stores, but that didn't stop the retailer from pulling in big sales numbers by extending their deals past Friday (Nov. 23).
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