An O’Reilly Auto Parts employee, Carl Ryan Kemppainen, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Diamond Steen following an altercation at a store in Kansas City, Kansas. The Wyandotte County Prosecuting Attorney, Mark Dupree, announced the charges. Kemppainen, 39, is accused of unlawfully and unintentionally, but recklessly, killing Steen.
According to the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department, the altercation stemmed from a shoplifting incident. Steen and another individual allegedly entered the store and began shoplifting. Kemppainen, along with several other employees and non-employees, confronted Steen and the other alleged shoplifter outside the store.
Officers found Steen unresponsive at the scene, and despite attempts at CPR, he was pronounced dead. An autopsy revealed that Steen’s cause of death was strangulation.
O’Reilly Auto Parts issued a statement expressing deep disturbance over the events and extended condolences to the victim’s family. The company stated that it is fully cooperating with the police investigation.
Prosecutor Mark Dupree commented on the potential impact of the alleged shoplifting incident on the murder charges. He mentioned that the reasoning behind the police being called is still under investigation. Dupree emphasized that regardless of any alleged crime, taking someone’s life requires legal proceedings.
Dupree also mentioned that three other individuals were involved in the altercation, and additional charges could be filed. Kemppainen is currently being held at Wyandotte County jail on a $125,000 bond.