O’Reilly’s Auto Parts worker charged in suspected shoplifter’s death

An employee at a O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store in Kansas has been charged with second-degree murder after an alleged shoplifter died following a fight.

Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office announced charges against Carl Kemppainen, 39, in the death of 23-year-old Diamond Steen.

It’s unclear whether Kemppainen has an attorney. He has been released after posting a $125,000 bond, court records show.

An O'Reilly Auto Parts store is pictured

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What happened?

Officers were dispatched to the auto parts store on the evening of Sept. 19 in response to a disturbance and were told that two men had been shoplifting, said the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department in a statement.

Police learned that a fight between store employees and the alleged shoplifters resulted in a death. Officers attempted CPR on Steen, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree said at a news conference that Steen died from strangulation.

“The deceased’s airway was completely stopped and that ultimately caused his death,” he said, citing an autopsy.

The second alleged shoplifter was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, police said.


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