The Black Friday shopping weekend took a tragic turn early Sunday morning when a suspected shoplifter died while being apprehended by employees and a contract security officer outside a Lithonia Walmart.
Two store employees who helped catch and subdue the suspect before police arrived have been placed on leave. The security officer, who police say may have placed the suspected thief in a choke hold, is no longer working for Walmart, the company said.
The cause of death had not been determined Sunday evening, and police investigators were awaiting results from the medical examiner.
The man was suspected of stealing two DVD players, which is apparently now punishable by death. Merry Christmas!