MELVILLE, N.Y. (WPIX) -- A man who was allegedly shoplifting at a Long Island convenience store is dead after an apparent confrontation with a store employee, Suffolk County police said Thursday.
According to police, the incident occurred around 12:45 a.m. at a 7-Eleven shop located at 24-28 Broadhollow Rd. in Melville.
Initially, the store clerk confronted the suspected shoplifter and chased him out of the store, police said. Authorities said a second confrontation occurred, during which the shoplifter was killed.
The unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. No arrests were reported by police as of Thursday morning.
WABC reports that Suffolk County Police Lt. Kevin Beyer said the clerk was working alone when the man entered and stole a few food and drink items from an aisle and cooler. Outside the store, the clerk and alleged shoplifter got into a fight, at which point the clerk stabbed the man in the torso with a box-cutter, according to WABC. Police were trying to determine if the clerk was threatened or if the shoplifter was armed.