Dunwoody Police spokesman Sgt. Mike Carlson says 38-year-old Marty Bridges was trying to flee a Walmart when store security officers grabbed him, and an altercation ensued.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Carlson says police arrived and found bystanders trying to resuscitate Bridges, who was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Carlson says the value of the items Bridges was accused of stealing was less than $300, and would have amounted to a misdemeanor.
He says it doesn't appear as if undue force was used to subdue Bridges.