Wal-Mart Loss Prevention Agent Shot to Death
while apprehending Shoplifter
A 25-year-old Wal-Mart worker was shot and killed by a man police believe was
trying to steal a shopping cart with three flat-screen Sony televisions Sunday
night from a Wal-Mart on Lawrenceville Highway. Jay Ferguson, the Wal-Mart loss
prevention officer killed, had been on the job seven months when he and another
officer came across the suspected shoplifter leaving the store in Gwinnett
County. 'As they tried to stop the person and bring him back into the store to
detain him, a struggle ensued," Lilburn police Capt. Thomas Bardugon said. "The
person did produce a handgun - had to be a handgun - and fired at least one shot
that struck the victim." Ferguson was taken to a local hospital where he later
died from his injuries. Georgia Bureau of Investigation officers helped collect
evidence including a bullet shell casing and two-way security radio. Police
released a photo from surveillance video of the suspected shoplifter overnight
and said the man drove a red or dark red four-door sedan.
Wal-Mart released this statement about the
"We are deeply saddened by the senseless and tragic loss of our friend and
colleague last night. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the Ferguson
family at this difficult time. We will continue to support law enforcement in
their ongoing investigation."
For Law Enforcement use only - Do not apprehend based on this BOLO
4004 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lilburn, GA 30047
Case #’s LP16001517
On 4/10/2016 at 2100hrs,
Patrol responded to a PERSON SHOT call at Wal-Mart located at 4004
Lawrenceville Hwy Lilburn GA. Patrol arrived and located the victim
who later expired. The victim who is employed by Wal-Mart was
attempting to stop a black male that was attempting to shoplift
three televisions. As the victim made contact with the suspect at
the exit door, the suspect produced a .380 caliber pistol and
fatally shot the victim.
The suspect is described as a dark skinned black male, medium build.
Male suspect is between thirty to forty five years of age and has no
facial hair and a bald head. Suspect is seen wearing a blue dress
shirt and dark colored pants. The suspect entered the driver’s seat
of a burgundy passenger vehicle and drove away.
If you can provide information or can identify the subject below,
please contact Inv. C. Belcher immediately. 404-516-0657
Criminal Investigation Division
Lilburn Police Department
Fax 770 923-6871
103 Retail Deaths So Far This Year
From the start of 2016 through March 31, the D&D Daily has reported a total
of 103 deaths in retail throughout North America. This number includes
publicly reported cases of retail violence including shootings, stabbings,
suicide, accidents and other fatal occurrences occurring inside stores,
malls or retail parking lots.