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Shoplifter dies after being attacked by other customers


WEST ALLIS, Wisc (WSAU)   Milwaukee County prosecutors are considering charges, after customers in a West Allis convenience store restrained a shoplifter who suffered brain damage and died two weeks later. 16-year-old Corey Stingley, a football and track athlete at West Allis Hale, died last Saturday. His family said the teen suffered major brain damage in the incident, which occurred December 14th outside of V-J’s Food Mart.

Three customers were questioned by police, and one was referred to the district attorney for causing injury. Now that Stingley has died, Acting Police Chief Charles Padgett expects the D-A to review the behavior of all three customers involved. He said they confronted Stingley inside the store, after he apparently tried to sneak alcohol in his school backpack. A scuffle broke out, and it continued outside the store. Padgett said the customers were holding Stingley down when officers arrived – and rescuers used C-P-R to revive the youngster after he had stopped breathing. He was then taken to Milwaukee’s Froedtert Hospital, where he died.

Police would not give other details, saying they’re still investigating. Assistant D-A Mark Williams said he received the case on Wednesday, and it would take a few days to decide on charges. Padgett said the legal issues are complicated. He said people have a right to make a citizens’ arrest – but they need to know the impact of their actions and quote, “there’s a line you can’t cross.”