ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) – An altercation at a South Albany store between a store worker and a suspected shoplifter has left the suspect in serious condition at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.
The man’s family said he was fighting for his life.
The incident was filmed and is now visible on social media.
The man’s family said they discovered the altercation via social media. Today, more than a week later, he is still in the hospital.
Family members told WALB News 10 his organs are now closed and he is using a ventilator to breathe.
” I can not breathe. Hey bruh, hey bruh, no I don’t have bruh, hey bruh I can’t breathe, seriously, seriously bruh, ”the man can be heard saying in the video.
A store employee said King pushed him while trying to leave the store. The employee laid the suspect, Michael King, down for about six minutes, as can be seen in the video.
“Well, let him breathe. Hey, can you leave me, please? I can not breathe. I can’t breathe, hey man, I can’t breathe, for real. Let go of me, I’m not going anywhere man. I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe, ”you hear in the video.
According to the Albany Police Department incident report, on October 27, King was at Dollar General in the 400 block of South Slappey Boulevard when he was confronted by a store employee.
Employees at the store told police King was suspected of shoplifting and told officers this was not the first time King has attempted to shop there.
The report says an employee detained King until police arrived. King was on his back, telling police he couldn’t breathe and officers called EMS.
King has been in the hospital for nine days.
Phoebe told WALB on Thursday that he had classified her condition as serious.
Greg Edwards, District Attorney for Dougherty Judicial District, said he could not comment on aspects of the investigation due to the nature of the case, but was able to say more about the track than this case could follow.
“But I can say that if there are allegations that there is a problem regarding an act or behavior of people involved in this situation who are employees of the company, it will likely follow a civil route,” he said. Edwards said.
Albany Police report King had detergent, deodorant, mouse killer and soap in his pockets and hands. Police charged him with shoplifting theft under $ 500 before taking him to hospital.
WALB has contacted both the employee and the head office of Dollar General and we are awaiting a response.
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