Autopsy reveals cause of death for Crest manager who died after fight with shoplifter


    Lester Barry died after an altercation with a shoplifter at Crest Foods. (Les Barry Facebook)

    The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office has released the cause of death for an Oklahoma City grocery store manager who died following an altercation with a shoplifting suspect.

    An autopsy shows that 36-year-old Lester Barry died of acute cardiac arrhythmia due to hypertensive and atherosclerotic heart disease. The report also says that the sudden death was due to physical exertion from Barry "subduing the fleeing suspect". His death is listed as a homicide.


    Barry died June 26 after he assisted security guards at Crest Grocery Store, 4503 NW 23 Street, take 34-year-old Dajuan Wilson into custody for shoplifting. Barry was speaking to police following the altercation when he collapsed and become unresponsive. He was transported to a local hospital, where he died.

    Wilson has been charged with manslaughter in the first degree in connection to the case.

    Dajuan Wilson, 34, was arrested June 26 in Oklahoma City on a complaint of first degree manslaughter. (Oklahoma County Jail)


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