O’Reilly Auto Parts Employee Charged with Murder after Allegedly Strangling Would-be Shoplifter

Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree, Youtube screenshot
Kansas: A 39-year-old employee of O’Reilly Auto Parts was arrested after being accused of strangling and killing Diamond Steen, a 23-year-old whom he believed was shoplifting from the business. Store employees reportedly confronted Steen and his companion, resulting in an argument that escalated and became violent. Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree said, “Make no mistake, it is law enforcement’s job to do the policing, no one else’s.” DA Dupree has been accused of being “an activist holding public office,” and he has a record of being soft on criminals.

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A 39-year-old employee at an auto parts dealer in Kansas City, Kansas, was arrested this week after being accused of killing a 23-year-old he believed was shoplifting from the business, strangling the man to death.

Carl R. Kemppainen was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with one count of second-degree murder — unintentional but reckless in the slaying of Diamond Steen, jail records reviewed by Law&Crime show.

“Make no mistake, it is law enforcement’s job to do the policing, no one else’s,” Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree said in a Thursday news conference announcing the charges against Kemppanian.

The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department, in a press release said the incident took place at about 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts store in the 4700 block of Parallel Parkway.

According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by Kansas City, Missouri, NBC affiliate KSHB-TV, first responders arrived just after 6 p.m. and immediately found Steen unresponsive. Emergency Medical Services personnel tried CPR but were unsuccessful and declared him dead there.

An autopsy found that Steen’s manner of death was a homicide and the cause was strangulation. The DA on Thursday disclosed few details about the alleged murder but did say that Steen’s “airway was completely stopped.”

Authorities reportedly said that the situation unfolded when Steen and another individual whose name has not been reported came into the store and were suspected of stealing multiple items, the Kansas City Star reported. Store employees reportedly confronted Steen and the other man, resulting in an argument that escalated and became violent.

A video of the incident reportedly went viral on Facebook and TikTok, showing store employees detaining the two men on the ground outside the store. One alleged shoplifter was on the sidewalk, and the other was in the parking lot, though it was not immediately clear which one was Steen.

Asked whether Steen’s alleged shoplifting would affect the charges brought against Kemppanian, Dupree indicated the possibility was not likely.

“The reasoning by which police were called out were brought to my attention. Part of that is still being investigated,” Dupree said during the news conference. “If there was a potential crime that was being alleged, we do know that in this country, you still have to go to the court, and someone’s life cannot be taken.”

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DawnieR
DawnieR
7 months ago

Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree said, “Make no mistake, it is law enforcement’s job to do the policing, no one else’s.” WRONG answer!!! This ANTI-American Snowflake, SoyBoy maybe should READ the Constitution/Bill of Rights! It is Our GOD-GIVEN BIRTH Right to Protect/Defend Our PROPERTY and OURSELVES! And it’s time that We, The People start ENFORCING OUR LAWS against these PUBLIC SERVANTS! And start making Claims AGAINST THEIR Bonds! BY LAW, these PUBLIC SERVANTS CANNOT be a govt employee without a BOND. NO BOND……NO JOB! Once a govt employee’s Bond is gone ($$ PAID OUT to those who make Claims),… Read more »

Mary
Mary
7 months ago

This is the only way to get rid of criminals. O”Reilly Auto Parts needs to support this employee. The police were not there to stop the stealing criminal.

Weston
Weston
7 months ago

One of the greatest deceptions of all time created to legitimize and empower a police state is this idea that “it is law enforcement’s job to do the policing, no one else’s.” Self defense and defense of private property are everyone’s natural right and responsibility, not the responsibility of the state. I grew up in Kansas City and know well that the legal system there wants to eliminate the individual right of self-defense

Dwayne Oxford
Dwayne Oxford
7 months ago

“Make no mistake, (even though they’re VERY seldom there during crime)it is law enforcement’s job to do the policing, no one else’s,” Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree said. Dimmercraps love criminals, punish their victims.