LITHONIA, Ga. (AP/AJC) — A man suspected of shoplifting DVD players at a Walmart has died after a confrontation with workers at the Atlanta-area store.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports  the man was pronounced dead after an altercation with workers outside a store in Lithonia.

A police report shows that a middle-aged man was caught shoplifting two DVD players from the store at 5401 Fairington Road about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. He left, but three employees caught him and had an altercation in the parking lot.

Police arrived to find the store workers on top of the man, who was unresponsive and bleeding from the nose and mouth.

He was later pronounced dead at DeKalb Medical-Hillandale hospital.

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.

The cause and manner of death is to be determined by the DeKalb Medical Examiner’s office. A spokesman said no information on the victim would be released until Monday.


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