A suspected shoplifter is dead after store employees at a Lithonia Wal-Mart detained him in the store's parking lot, according to wsbtv.com.
A police report obtained by the news outlet shows the incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, when a middle-aged man was suspected of shoplifting two DVD players from the Fairington Road store.
Store employees caught the suspect in the parking lot and a fight occurred while the employees tried to detain the man for police, according to the police report.
When police arrived, they found store employees on top of the man. It is not clear which police agency responded to the incident.
The man was found unresponsive when police handcuffed him and bleeding from his nose and mouth, according to the report.
Paramedics transported the man to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A police report said one of the store employees had allegedly put the man in a choke hold, but an official cause of death has not been determined.
Employees involved in the incident have been suspended with pay while the incident is investigated, according to the report.