while this man most certainly didn't deserve to die, i can completely understand why a store - any store - would be inclined to aggressively pursue shoplifters and don't blame wal-mart or there employees for going after this thief.
LaRocca said retailers lose just more than $30 billion annually to "shrinkage," which includes shoplifting and lost products. A typical store loses about 1.5 percent of its profits as a result of shrinkage, he said.
that's a lot of money to lose every year, and my understanding is that number rises each year. and that lost revenue comes out of my pocket and yours. it's about time, imo, that thieves begin to realize that there are real consequences to their actions. as i said earlier, this man didn't deserve to die for his actions, but he definitely deserved to be pursued and captured. it's sad that he chose to struggle with the security officers instead of surrendering once he was captured, but that was his choice.