OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — 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.