Man dies while shoplifting at Walmart

Published On: Thuesday, December 11, 2012 11:00 PM
By: David Ross
Walmart
Police say a suspected thief died in a Walmart in Southern California after a scuffle with store security workers who found him in the parking lot.

Covina police Lt. Holly Francisco says when police arrived on Friday they found the suspect, who attempted to steal clothes and body soap, was held by store security, and apparently needed medical help.

Officers called paramedics and the suspect was pronounced dead later at a hospital.

Walmart Stores spokeswoman Dianna Gee says the loss of life is a sad situation, but there are many unknowns at this time.

Gee said security personnel have been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation including video surveillance and an autopsy to determine cause of death. It is unclear why security did not call the paramedics.