Customer kills suspected diaper thief in a Florida Walmart

Posted at 10:32 AM, Feb 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-07 15:13:00-05

(WESH, NBC NEWSCHANNEL) A man accused of stealing diapers from a Florida Walmart was killed by another customer on Saturday morning, according to Orange County deputies.

Arthur Adams, 19, died after being shot by a 50-year-old man.

Investigators said Adams and another man were stealing two carts of diapers when a store employee confronted them in the parking lot.

The 50-year-old customer noticed what was happening and got involved.

Authorities said Adams reached for something, which made the customer feel threatened. The customer then pulled out a gun and fired several shots.

Adams was shot, along with a teenage girl who was with the suspects.

The suspects tried to drive away, but their vehicle struck two other vehicles in the parking lot. They then ditched their vehicle and ran off.

Adams made it to the gas station across the street where he collapsed. He was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead later.

The girl who was shot is okay and authorities are treating her as a witness.

A spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's office said it's up to the State Attorney's office to decide if the customer who opened fire will face charges. That customer is cooperating with the investigation.

Investigators said the suspects were in a stolen vehicle, which was reportedly involved in a carjacking in January.

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